Archive for February, 2009

2009 Tiferet Journal Writing Awards

28 February 2009

Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature invites your submission for our 2009 Writing Awards in Poetry and Prose. Prizes are $500 in each genre.

Entry fee is $15 for one story or essay … or up to six poems. The deadline is April 1, 2009. Visit www.tiferetjournal.com and click Writing Awards for details and to enter.

TIFERET publishes writing from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions. Our mission is to help reveal spirit through the written word and to promote peace within the individual and in the world.

You may also choose to up your entry fee to $29 and receive a one-year subscription (two print and two digital issues) plus one FREE ISSUE of the magazine (176 pages, $14.95 value)

This is truly your best value for the money.

You will receive:
A one-year subscription (worth $29)
A free back issue (worth $14.95)
Your contest entry fee (worth $15)
___________________________
Pay just $29 for a $58.95 value

Enter online at www.tiferetjournal.com/writecontest.html

Or mail your check and submission to TIFERET, 211 Dryden Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924.

Judges are Elisabeth Murawski for Poetry, Peter Selgin and Ilan Stavans for Prose. Winners will be announced Summer 2009.

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Platte Valley Review Call for Submissions

28 February 2009

The Platte Valley Review is an international journal of Poetry, Prose, Photography, Artwork, Environmental and EcoCritical Essay. The magazine is currently within auspices of the Reynolds Endowed Chair of Poetry and the Creative Writing Emphasis in the English Department of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Reynolds Chair and Creative Writing Emphasis hosts the Platte Valley Review, Reynolds Review, Reynolds Reading Series, and the Honoring the Sandhill Crane Migration Literary Retreat and Festival. Sandhill Cranes migrate to their spring apex just outside Kearney, Nebraska annually in March. This largest migration of any earthly species has occurred an estimated 45 to 60 million years. The Kearney area apex numbers 600,000 arriving birds. Traditionally, numerous Indigenous philosophies and languages, including written, were influenced by these cranes over thousands and thousands of generations. UNK’s English and Creative Writing disciplines honor this migration, pattern of life and landscape, and tribute the literary and philosophical grace given our geographic home and history by this impressive seasonal visitation.

Language and Migration

Platte Valley Review is publishing a special issue for Spring 2009 with focus on Language and Migration. Poetry, Prose, Photography, Artwork, Environmental and EcoCritical Essay with relative themes of language and migration are welcome as general submissions. The Platte Valley Review is edited by Allison Hedge Coke, Reynolds Chair. Distinguished UNK Sandhill Crane Literary Fellows, including Wang Ping and LeAnne Howe will jury and contribute to this edition.

Mail submissions labeled by genre to:
Platte Valley Review
English Department, 202A TMHL
University of Nebraska at Kearney
905 West 25th Street
Kearney, NE 68849-1322

Deadline for this edition is April 1, 2009.

Or submit online!

An online Submission Program is open: www.unk.edu/a/plattevalleyreview/submission.php

Call for Submissions: Canary online environmental literary webpage

28 February 2009

www.hippocketpress.com/canary.cfm

Seeking poems, short fiction and essays (prose not to exceed 1500 words) on Nature and the current dangers to it.

Please look at Canary before submitting: www.hippocketpress.com/canary.cfm to see what we use.

Email submissions to gailentrekin@gmail.com.

The 2009 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

28 February 2009

With guest judge Ann Patchett

The winning submission selected by Ann Patchett will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on May 20, 2009. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will receive $1000.

Story requirements

·Submit a single short story that contains a surprise.
·Your story must have a title.
·Your story must be no more than three double-spaced typed pages in length (we recommend 12pt., Times New Roman font.)
·Your name and contact information must appear on the first page. Include page numbers.
·One entry per person.

Deadline
All submissions must be received by March 6, 2009. Online submissions must be received by 5 pm EST. Mailed submissions must arrive at the address below no later than March 6.

Entrance Fee
A fee of $10 should be included with your manuscript. If submitted online, fees must be paid with a credit card. Postal mail submissions should include a check made out to “Symphony Space.”

Where to submit your story
Online entries can be submitted at www.symphonyspace.org/writing_contest.

Mail to:
CONTEST, Selected Shorts
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

Please do not send duplicate copies (email or postal mail is sufficient). We cannot allow revisions to your story once we have received it. Due to the high volume of submissions and our small staff, we will not be able to notify you when we receive your story. The winner will be selected by Ann Patchett and notified by the end of April. As soon as the winner is selected, his or her name will be posted to this page.

Note
Contestants who submit by email or provide their email address will be added to the Selected Shorts email list. Contestants who submit entries by postal mail will be added to the Selected Shorts mailing list.

The Prize
$1000 and two tickets to the May 20th closing night of Selected Shorts series at Symphony Space, when the prizewinning story will be read.

About this year’s guest judge
Ann Patchett’s most recent novel is Run and her newest book is What Now? She is the author of The Patron Saint of Liars, which was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. She is also the author of Taft, which received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994; The Magicians Assistant, which earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship; and Bel Canto, winner of both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002. She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy, winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize.

Litchfield Literary Review Call for Submissions

28 February 2009

The Litchfield Literary Review, a writer’s resource on line, seeks works in any genre. We have a preference for works written by New Englanders. We accept e-mailed submissions only. Writers are welcomed to submit up to three pieces at one time. We respect writers and will reply to all submissions in a timely manner. Honest.

Authors are invited to include a bio and a photo, which will be published with their work, if they choose.

Please send work to: Submissions@thelitchfieldliteraryreview.com.

2009 Southern Illinois Writers Guild writing contest

28 February 2009

Three categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry.
Prizes: $100 – 1st, $50 – 2nd, $25 – 3rd, in each category.
Entry fee: $5
Deadline: May 1, 2009
Complete info: www.jalc.edu/activities/siwg/contest.html
Direct inquiries to Roger Poppen drrock2k@yahoo.com

THE 2009 BARROW STREET PRESS BOOK CONTEST

25 February 2009

www.barrowstreet.org/BARROW_STREET_BOOK_CONTEST_2009.pdf

The Barrow Street Press Book Contest award will be given for the best previously unpublished manuscript of poetry in English. The winner will receive book publication by Barrow Street Press, and $1000.00.

Judge: David Wojahn
Deadline: June 30, 2009
Fee: $25.00

If entrants would like to receive a copy of the winning book, please include a book mailer with $2.59 postage. Thank you.

Guidelines

1) Submit a 50 – 70 page unpublished manuscript of original poetry in English. Include acknowledgment page for individual poems which have been published.

2) The manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, on one side of the page only, on white 8 1⁄2″ x 11″ paper. Clear photocopies are acceptable. Please do not send your only copy, as manuscripts cannot be returned.

3) Include 2 title pages. The author’s name, address, and telephone number should appear on the first title page only, and should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript.

4) Include SASE for notification of contest results.

5) Please include a check for $25.00, payable to Barrow Street.

6) Send entries to:

Barrow Street
PO Box 1558
Kingston, RI 02881

www.barrowstreet.org

TallGrass Writers Guild Literary Anthology/Contest Guidelines

25 February 2009

updated information–deadline extended to 3-31

Sponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild

NEW INFORMATION-Deadline extended to 3-31-09; Email outriderpress@sbcglobal.net or tallgrassguild@sbcglobal.net.

Planned publication date: late summer/early fall 2009. Working title: Fearsome Fascinations. We interpret broadly; can mean fascination with the paranormal as well as snakes and spiders, and dangerous/extreme sports, addictions and the allure of Forbidden Fruit: Bad Boys, Vamps, flirty married bosses, vices, etc. Especially interested in poetry.

Previously published material and simultaneous submissions OK. Award of $1000 in cash prizes for First ($500 each for poetry and prose) . Also: 2nd, 3rdplaces, + Hon. Mention. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kick-Off Reading at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind (depending on CTPRLF scheduling). Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.

Entry fees for each category are $16, reduced to $12 each for TWG members. Current annual U.S. TWG membership fee of $45 ($25 for students w/xerox of valid photo ID) includes six 12-page newsletters each year. An entry form for the 2009 Anthology/Contest (available w/SASE, if not attached to these guidelines) must be completed and accompany each entry category. To obtain, email: outriderpress@sbcglobal.net or tallgrassguild@sbcglobal.net.

Poetry: Single-page poems to 28 lines – single spacing OK for poetry. Prose poems may be treated as prose at judge’s discretion. Reading fee for 1-4 poems: $16US/$12US-TWG member. For 5-8 poems per person: $32US/$24US-TWG member. For 9-12 poems: $48US/$36US, etc.

Prose: 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works accepted. Reading fee for each entry: $16 US/$12US-TWG member. For 2 prose entries per person: $32US/$24US-TWG member; for 3: $48/$36, etc.

NO LIMIT ON NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS IN EITHER CATEGORY.

NEW INFORMATION: Judge: We delighted to have secured the services of Diane Williams as judge. She is an award-winning writer/educator, and author of Performing Seals. She has studied abroad on a variety of fellowships, currently teaches at Chicago’s Kendall College, and has a memoir-in-progress.

Submission Guide (for complete guidelines, email outriderpress(at)sbcglobal.net, replacing (a) with @. Send two copies of each manuscript (ms.) Plus disk as follows:

HARD COPY – Double-spaced manuscript on one side, on 8.5”x11” unlined white paper. Single-spacing okay for poetry. Only laserjet, inkjet or letter-quality dot matrix acceptable; plus: Four-sentence bio; plus:

ELECTRONIC – Provide ms. and bio (separate files, please) on small capacity flash drive or CD, using Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word (not Works). Package your CDs safely to prevent damage. Specify word processing program on label + author’s name and e-mail address. No MAC.

Include name, address, phone/FAX numbers (w/area code) and e-mail addresses on first sheet of fiction; each sheet of poetry. Your phone number and e-mail address are required on every item.

Include a stamped, self-addressed #10 (business size) envelope (SASE) for response. Mss. shredded/recycled, not returned. Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard to have receipt of ms. confirmed.

DEADLINE: Postmarked no later than EXTENDED DEADLINE OF 3-31

FOR COMPLETE GUIDELINES WITH REQUIRED ENTRY FORM: outriderpress@sbcglobal.net or tallgrassguild@sbcglobal.net, replacing (a) with @. Telephone: 219-322-7270 or toll-free 866-510-6735.

If Poetry Journal Call for Submissions

25 February 2009

www.ifpoetryjournal.blogspot.com

If Poetry Journal is now seeking poetry for its third issue. The theme is tentatively “music,” though I’m interested in seeing a variety of poetry about any subject. If you would like to submit 1-5 poems, please e-mail them to me (Don Illich) at ifpoetryjournaleditor@gmail.com. No attachments, please put your poems in the body of your e-mail. Basic cover letter preferred. No previously published poems. Each contributor will receive one contributor’s copy. The deadline for poetry submissions is April 25, 2008.

The journal’s Web site is www.ifpoetryjournal.blogspot.com.

Montana Prize in Fiction

25 February 2009

CutBank is pleased to announce the second annual Montana Prize in Fiction, the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry.

www.cutbankonline.org (go to website for full submissions guidelines)

We are honored to have three talented judges participating in the second year of these contests. The Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry will be judged by Noah Eli Gordon. Joy Williams will select the winner of the Montana Prize in Fiction. The winner of the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction will be selected by Brian Bouldrey.

Submissions are accepted December 1 through February 28. Winners receive $500 and publication in CutBank 71. All submissions will be considered for publication in CutBank.

The contests’ $13 entry fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to CutBank, beginning with the prize issue, CutBank 71.

Please send only your best work. With all three of these awards, we are seeking to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness.

Full guidelines available at www.cutbankonline.org.

2009 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize

24 February 2009

pages.slc.edu/~eraymond/ccorner/pcontest/submit.html

Campbell Corner at the Sarah Lawrence Language Exchange announces its eleventh Annual Poetry Contest. Poems that treat larger themes with lyric intensity are especially welcomed by the judges.

The Campbell Corner Poetry Contest offers a prize of $3,000. Winners are invited to give a public reading at the College. The poems will be published in the Poetry Contest Section of the Sarah Lawrence Language Exchange.

To enter the poetry competition, submit poems to:

The Language Exchange
Campbell Corner Poetry Contest
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999

All entries for Campbell Corner’s eleventh poetry contest must be postmarked by March 15, 2009. Omit author’s name on manuscript and include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, and e-mail. Maximum length for submissions is 20 pages. Entrants must submit their poems in three printed copies. The entry fee is $25; checks should be made payable to Sarah Lawrence College. Previously published work is accepted, but when and where published should be noted on the cover sheet.

Ginosko Call for Submissions

24 February 2009

Accepting short fiction & poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews, social justice concerns for the 9th issue of the literary journal Ginosko, the summer issue.

Editorial lead time 1-2 months; accept simultaneous submissions and reprints; accept excerpts; length flexible. Copyright reverts to author. Receives postal submissions & email—prefer email submissions as attachments in Microsoft Works Word Processor.

Publishing as semiannual ezine, winter & summer. Selecting material from ezine for printed anthology.

Check downloadable issues on website for style & tone: www.ginoskoliteraryjournal.com

Use latest version of Adobe Reader.

ezine circulation 3400+. Website traffic 750-1000 hits/month.
Also looking for artwork, photography, to post on website and links to exchange.

Ginosko (ghin-océ-koe)
To perceive, understand, realize, come to know; knowledge that has an inception, a progress, an attainment.
The recognition of truth by experience.

Member CLMP. Listed in Best of the Web 2008.

Ginosko Literary Journal
Robert Paul Cesaretti, Editor
PO Box 246
Fairfax, CA 94978
USA

CALL FOR POETRY: Her Mark 2010

24 February 2009

Entry form available at womanmade.org/pdfs/hermarkpoetry2010.pdf

WMG is looking to showcase a variety of compelling, sensitive, and provocative poetry by women for the annual HER MARK publication. All themes and styles are welcome. Selected poems will be featured together with visual art in a bound publication. The publication is 5x 7 ; poems submitted should be able to fit on one page of this size.

Poetry Juror: Maureen Seaton

Maureen Seaton has won numerous prizes for her poetry, including an NEA fellowship, the Lambda Literary Award, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Audre Lorde Award, and the Pushcart Prize. She has facilitated poetry workshops at Columbia College Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, and at Woman Made Gallery. In
1995/1996, she curated a reading series entitled “Woman As Culture” for the Gallery. Maureen Seaton teaches poetry and literary collage at the University of Miami, Florida.

Calendar:
March 6, 2009 – Final Entry Due Date
March 25, 2009 – Notifications Sent
July 31, 2009 – Her Mark Available
July 31 – August 27 – Exhibition
Sunday, August 2, 2009 Release Party & Reading 2-4pm
Entry fee: $10 for up to three poems

Emailed Entries Submit up to three poems with your complete contact information by email to gallery@womanmade.org. You’ll receive acknowledgment and an invoice for the $10 entry fee.

Mailed Entries: Mail your completed entry form with up to three poems and and $10 entry fee to Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

Ernest Hemingway Festival short story contest 2009 Prose For Papa

24 February 2009

www.visitsunvalley.com/static/index.cfm?contentID=555

Non-refundable $15 entry fee must be sent with the entry. Checks should be made out to the Community Library.

Cash prize of $500.

First place winner will be published on this website.

Entries must be previously unpublished, original work, typed double spaced, and no longer than 2600 words or 10 pages. One entry per person.

Attach a separate cover sheet with title, author name, address, email, and telephone numbers.

The story itself should not bear anything but the title and page numbers.

May re-submit a non-winning entry from 2008.

Deadline for submission: May 31, 2009

The symposium reserves one-time rights to print the winner on the website.

Mail entries to Prose for Papa ATTN: Sue Bailey PO BOX 2420 Sun Valley, ID 83353
or email to proseforpapa@visitsunvalley.com

Fawlt Magazine Apathy Issue

23 February 2009

Fawlt magazine (www.fawltmag.com) is now accepting submissions for its Apathy issue!

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’re now actively taking submissions for our next issue

Apathy

Issue will be launched online June 1, 2009.

However, as we are planning to release the last issue in a later quarter, our response to submissions in those categories might be slightly long in coming.

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

GUIDELINES

DEADLINE: For Apathy: May 1, 2009.

EMAIL: Please send to submissions to (replace (at) with @)

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.

Robert Frost Poetry Contests

23 February 2009

www.robertfrostpoetryfestival.com/contest.htm

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

Stone’s Throw Magazine Call for Submissions

23 February 2009

Stone’s Throw Magazine (www.stonesthrowmagazine.com) welcomes submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art as well as review queries. Prose should be submitted one story or essay at a time, limited to 10,000 words. Poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems. We’re also interested in receiving brief accounts of daily life from around the world. Deadline for the spring issue is March 1.

Please paste your submission into the body of your email rather than sending an attachment and include a bio of no more than 100 words. The subject line of your email should read: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art, or Review Query and it should include the title of the piece and your last name. Please send submissions to stonesthrowmagazine@gmail.com.

Authors retain copyright and there is no compensation for publication. However issues will be archived and available online.

2009 Robert E. Lee Wilson & Ruth I. Wilson Poetry Book Award Contest

23 February 2009

www.margiereview.com

Postmark Deadline: February 28th, 2009

Grand Prize: $1,000 for Best Poetry Book
PLUS…100 Complimentary Author Copies!

ALL MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION

Judge: ROBERT NAZARENE, Founding Editor of MARGIE / IntuiT House Poetry Series

A portion of each entry fee will be donated to our contest beneficiary:

POSTAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY – NO ONLINE SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS CONTEST

POSTAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Submit an unpublished book manuscript of between 48 – 64 pages of poetry. If applicable, include an “Acknowledgements Page” where poems first appeared. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Only submit copies as manuscripts will notbe returned

Include a $25 entry fee payable to MARGIE, Inc.

Include 2 title pages; one with only the title of the manuscript–and the 2nd title page with manuscript title, author’s name, address, phone, & email (if possible)

Multiple manuscripts may be sent at $25 for each additional manuscript. All manuscripts will be considered for publication

End pages, meaning: Table of Contents, Acknowledgements, Dedication and Notes do NOT count in 48-64 page poetry content

Mail manuscript(s) and entry fee POSTMARKED no later than February 28th, 2009

Include a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope to receive notification of contest results

Send contest submissions & entry fee to:

MARGIE, P.O.B. 250, Chesterfield, MO., 63006

Questions? Please email us at: margiereview@aol.com

The Queen City Review Call for Submissions

23 February 2009

www.burlington.edu/pages/qcr/index.html

The Queen City Review is a yearly journal of art and literature and accepts the work of new and established writers and artists in the areas of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, photography, and fine art, as well as essays and criticism on all aspects of the aforementioned. We seek to publish high quality work that ranges broadly in topic and genre.

All submissions and queries should be emailed to: queencityreview@burlington.edu by April 20, 2009.

Our submission period is rolling and accepted writers and artists will be notified by email. All submissions must be in English, formatted in WORD or RTF, and previously unpublished. Please submit no more than three poems at a time, fiction and screenplays under 5000 words, and photography and artwork in JPEG format. Simultaneous submissions are also acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if the manuscript or artwork is accepted for publication elsewhere. Be sure to include phone, address, and e-mail contact information.

The Fall 2008 issue is on sale now. The 2009 issue is slated to come out in early autumn.

CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW POETRY CONTEST

23 February 2009

ct-poetry-society.org/contests.htm

Open to all poets.

NEW GUIDELINES AND PRIZE AMOUNTS

Submit poems: Dec. 1- Feb. 28th 2009 (postmark)

Prizes of $400, $200, and $100.

Send up to 3 unpublished poems, any form, 80 line limit each. Include two copies of each poem: one with complete contact info and one with NO contact info. Both copies should be marked CRR Contest. Include SASE for results only (no poems will be returned). Winning poems must be submitted by disc or electronically following notification. Send fee of $15 for up to three poems; make check out to Connecticut Poetry Society. Prize winning poems will be published in Connecticut River Review.

CPS is pleased to announce that the judge for the 2009 Connecticut River Review Contest will be Brian Clements, Professor of Writing at Western Connecticut State University and coordinator of WestConn’s MFA in Professional Writing. He edits Sentence: a journal of prose poetics and Sentence’s parent press, Firewheel Editions. His most recent books are Disappointed Psalms (Meritage Press) and And How to End It (prose poems from Quale Press).

Send submissions to CT River Review Poetry Contest, CPS, PO Box 270554, West Hartford, CT 06127.

Manorborn 2009 Call for Submissions

23 February 2009

Manorborn is an annual print journal published by the Harford Poetry and Literary Society (MD) (www.harfordpoetrysociety.org). The anthology features poetry, fiction, memoir, essay, and black and white art and photography.

Call for 2009 Submissions
Deadline: April 15, 2009
Theme: Water

Manorborn is now accepting submissions for its 2009 issue on the theme of WATER. The theme is deliberately broad, intended to allow you maximum room for creative expression.

E-mailed submissions are accepted and should be sent to: hpls@harfordpoetrysociety.org with work sent in a Word or Rich Text Format attachment.

Send postal mail submissions to:
HPLS
c/o M. Mullins
2121 Cox Rd
Jarrettsville, MD 21084

Your name and email address should appear above each poem or piece of prose in the attachment. USPS-mailed submissions must be typed on unlined paper using 12 point Times New Roman or similar font; your name and address should appear on each page. Digital artwork and photo images at 300 dpi should be no larger than 8.5″ x 5.5″. Original artwork or photos should be no larger than 8.5″ x 11″.

In your email or cover letter, please include the following information: Name, City and State, Email address, Description of attached or enclosed work(s), and brief biographical sketch. Simultaneous submissions and previously published work are accepted, but must be identified as such. Submissions will not be acknowledged, but if your work is selected for publication, you will be contacted before June 30. Manuscripts and artwork
will not be returned, so do not send your only copy.

You may submit up to five (5) poems, one (1) fiction or non-fiction piece, and up to three (3 ) pieces of artwork or photography. All submissions should focus on the theme of WATER. There is no submission fee, but neither
is there compensation for accepted work. Copies of Manorborn will be available for purchase upon publication; discounts will be given for purchase of multiple copies. Manorborn is available at amazon.com and is distributed and sold locally.

Poetry: Poetry in any style or form is welcome. Poetry must be single spaced, maximum 40 lines per poem, 5 poems maximum.

Fiction, memoir, essay: Work should be typed double spaced; maximum word count per piece is 1,500 words, 1 piece per contributor.

Artwork, photography: Submit up to 3 pieces in 300 dpi no larger than 8.5″ X 5.5″.

Please check your work carefully before submission; all work submitted should be polished and free of errors. Manorborn does not publish all submitted works.

36th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest

23 February 2009

www.midwestwritingcenter.org

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 contest@midwestwritingcenter.org

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 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.

The Deep Bowl Prize for Short Fiction and Poetry

21 February 2009

www.deepbowlpress.com

Deadline: Postmarked by April 20, 2009

GUIDELINES

Send one copy of the manuscript (136-152 pages) in a plain envelope and a $20 entry fee, made payable to Deep Bowl Press, to:

Deep Bowl Press
P.O. Box 602
O’Fallon, IL 62269

via USPS only. Do not send via any other mailing service and please do not send using expedited delivery or in any form that requires a signature. Only mailed submissions can be accepted. Provide an email address on your cover letter for verification of receipt of manuscript. The manuscript should be in Times New Roman font, 12 point. Author’s name and address should appear on the Cover Page only and the manuscript should include an acknowledgments page, a table of contents, and an author biography of 75-100 words.

The manuscript should not be bound in any way. Simultaneous submissions are discouraged. We are not responsible for lost manuscripts. If you wish to track your manuscript, we suggest using delivery confirmation. All manuscripts must be submitted in English. No manuscripts will be returned, so be sure to send a copy of the original only. All manuscripts will be shredded at contest conclusion. Notification of results will be posted in July 2009 at www.deepbowlpress.com.

ELIGIBILITY

Entrants must be at least 18 years old, female, legal citizens of the United States, and able to
accept the honorarium in the form of a US bank check.

WINNER RECEIVES

The winner receives honorarium of $1,000: half payable upon signing of contract and half payable upon publication in January 2010, publication of a paperback edition, and ten copies.

Questions should be directed to: shortfiction@deepbowlpress.com

The Deep Bowl Prize for Poetry

Deadline: Postmarked by April 20, 2009

GUIDELINES

Send one copy of the manuscript (48-72 pages) in a plain envelope and a $20 entry fee, made payable to Deep Bowl Press, to:

Deep Bowl Press
P.O. Box 602
O’Fallon, IL 62269

via USPS only. Do not send via any other mailing service and please do not send using expedited delivery or in any form that requires a signature. Only mailed submissions can be accepted. Provide an email address on your cover letter for verification of receipt of manuscript. The manuscript should be in Times New Roman font, 12 point. Author’s name and address should appear on the Cover Page only and the manuscript should include an acknowledgments page, a table of contents, and an author biography of 75-100 words.

The manuscript should not be bound in any way. Simultaneous submissions are discouraged. We are not responsible for lost manuscripts. If you wish to track your manuscript, we suggest using delivery confirmation. All manuscripts must be submitted in English. No20manuscripts will be returned, so be sure to send a copy of the original only. All manuscripts will be shredded at contest conclusion. Notification of results will be posted in July 2009 at www.deepbowlpress.com.

ELIGIBILITY

Entrants must be at least 18 years old, female, legal citizens of the United States, and able to accept the honorarium in the form of a US bank check.

WINNER RECEIVES

The winner receives honorarium of $1,000: half payable upon signing of contract and half payable upon publication in January 2010, publication of a paperback edition, and ten copies.

Questions should be directed to poetry@deepbowlpress.com.

Word & Sound Creative Writing Contests

21 February 2009

Sponsored by the Albert Anthony Foundation for Cultural Arts, Grants, & Scholarships

Post Office Box 5464, Columbus, Mississippi 39704-5464 / 662.240.0232

poetsnewsletter@netzero.net

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DEADLINE: JUNE 30

Word & Sound Creative Writing Contests are open to writers across the globe and judged by prominent writers (TBA) in the area of expertise. Winners selected/notified: September 30. Winnings disbursed: December 30. Prizes: $100, $75, $50, $25 with sponsorship/$50, $40, $30, and $20 without sponsorship for first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention awarded at judges’ discretion. Entries must be original work and neither be a previous contest winner nor previously published. Submit Cover Page, Titled Entry, Short Biography (50-75 words of most interesting aspects of writer’s creativity or most important points of writer’s life), and Self-Addressed-Stamped-Envelope (SASE) with a Check/Money Order in the appropriate amount payable to AAF, c/o Contest Coordinator, Post Office Box 5464, Columbus, MS 39704-5464.

JUDGES

Published writer Willie Williams: part owner of Broadside Press and others TBA.

SECTION 1 – POETRY CONTEST

Reading Donation: $3 per poem ($10 for up to 4 entries)

SUBJECTS (any style): (1.) Aging Gracefully (or Not). (2.) Animals, Pets. (3.) Childhood Memories (including False Memories). (4.) Children, Youth. (5.) Death=2
0& Dying. (6.) Earth, Nature, Seasons. (7.) Family (including honor to a deceased relative). (8.) Friendship, Courtship. (9.) Holidays. (10.) Jobs, Employment, Unemployment, Underemployment. (11.) Love, Togetherness, Marriage (or Betrayal, Breaking Up, Divorce). (12.) Patriotism, Politics, Government. (13.) Spiritual, Uplifting, Religious. (14.) Witty, Whimsical, Humorous, Satirical. (15.) All other subjects.

GUIDELINES: Submit a Cover Page, Titled Entry, Biography, SASE, and Entry Donation c/o Poetry Contest Coordinator.

· Submit up to one original Poem (60-lines maximum) in all 15 categories/areas, typed/computer generated, single-spaced on 8-1/2 x 11 inch white sheets with one-inch margins and no other markings. Each poem may only be entered in one category. Include line count at end. (NOTE: The first page of each poem contains the Category Number and Category Name in the upper left corner.)

· Cover Page contains (1.) Name of Contest in upper left corner; (2.) author’s Full Name, complete Mailing Address with Zip Code, Area Code & Telephone/Cell Number, and Email Address in upper right corner; and (3.) Category Number, Category Name, and Poem Title centered (or numbered and flush left, if more than one).

SECTION 2 – ESSAY CONTEST

Reading Donation: $4 per essay ($10 for up to 3 entries)

GUIDELINES: Submit a Cover Page, Titled Entry, Biography, SASE, and Entry Donation c/o Essay Contest Coordinator.

· Submit up to 3 original Opinionated Essays on any subject (1,200 words maximum), typed/computer generated, double-spaced on 8-1/2 x 11 inch white sheets with one-inch margins and no other markings. Include word count at end.

· Cover Page contains (1.) Name of Contest in the upper left corner; (2.) author’s Full Name, complete Mailing Address with Zip Code, Area Code & Telephone/Cell Number, and Email Address in the upper right corner; and (3.) Essay Title centered (or numbered and flush left, if more than one).

SECTION 3 – SHORT SHORT STORY CONTEST

Reading Donation: $5 per story ($10 for up to 3 entries)

GUIDELINES: Submit a Cover Page, Titled Entry, Biography, SASE, and Entry Donation c/o Short Short Story Contest Coordinator.

· Submit up to 3 original Short Short Stories on any subject (1,500 words maximum), typed/computer generated, double-spaced on 8-1/2 x 11 inch white sheets with one-inch margins and no other markings. Include word count at end.

· Cover Page contains (1.) Name of Contest in the upper left corner; (2.) author’s Full Name, complete Mailing Address with Zip Code, Area Code & Telephone/Cell Number, and Email Address in the upper right corner; and (3.) Short Short Story Title centered (or numbered and flush left, if more than one).

SECTION 4 – SHORT STORY CONTEST

Reading Donation: $6 per story ($15 for up to 3 entries)

GUIDELINES: Submit a Cover Page, Titled Entry, Biography, SASE, and Entry Donation c/o Short Story Contest Coordinator.

· Submit up to 3 original Short Stories on any subject (1,500 words minimum), typed/computer generated, double-spaced on 8-1/2 x 11 inch white sheets with one-inch margins and no other markings. Include word count at end.

· Cover Page contains (1.) Name of Contest in upper left corner; (2.) author’s Full Name, complete Mailing Address with Zip Code, Area Code & Telephone/Cell Number, and Email Address in upper right corner; and (3.) Short Story Title centered (or numbered and flush left, if more than one).

NOTE: Entries in 2 or more contests may be separated by a smaller envelope and packaged in one larger envelope; only one SASE is required.

Short Bio may be included at the bottom of the Cover Sheet. Entries are recycled after judging.

There must be at least 10 valid entries in each category for categorical judging else poems are judged with like subjects or altogether.

Questions/comments: contact W&S Contest Coordinator at poetsnewsletter@netzero.net

dA Center for the Arts 2009 Poetry Contest

21 February 2009

www.dacenter.org/poetry.htm

David St. John, Judge

First Prize: $250

Winner and Finalists will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony, reading, and reception at the dA Center for the Arts. The prize does not include publication.

Contest Rules

• Postmark deadline: April 30, 2009
• Entry fee $15.00 for up to six pages of unpublished poetry (multiple entries are permitted.)
• Manuscripts must be typed. No more than one poem per page.
• Author’s name, address, and phone number (and email address, if available) must appear on cover sheet only. Please include poem titles in addition to contact information. No names on poems, please.
• Simultaneous submission is permissible if we are notified when work is accepted elsewhere or awards received.
• For announcement of winners, include a SASE (self addressed, stamped envelope).
• Please, no email or fax submissions.
• Entries are screened and judged anonymously. Poems with which the judge has had prior contact are ineligible.
• Poems must not have received monetary awards or previous publication.
• Entries must adhere to all guidelines. Manuscripts will not be returned.

David St. John was born in Fresno, California, in 1949, and educated at California State University, Fresno, where he received his B.A. In 1974, he received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. He is the author of six books of poetry, including Prism (Arctos Press, 2002), Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems (1994), No Heaven (1985), and Hush (1976). His awards include the Discover/The Nation prize, the James D. Phelan Prize, and the Prix de Rome fellowship in literature. He has also received several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship. St. John currently teaches in the English Department at University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Submit poetry and check or money order (no cash) with submission:

Poetry Contest: dA Center for the Arts, 252-D South Main St. Pomona, CA 91766-1630 (www.dacenter.org)