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2009 R.A.I.L. Awards

16 February 2009


Entry Deadline: May 31, 2009

Entry Fee: $10 for one submission, $20 for unlimited submissions

Description: The R.A.I.L. Awards are an annual literary competition dedicated to Recognizing Advancement & Innovation in Literature. Each year we honor the best new voices in Fiction, Playwriting, and Poetry with cash prizes totaling $750.

The R.A.I.L. Awards are open to all English-language fiction writers, playwrights, and poets. The work you submit must be unpublished, self-published, or independently published (small-press, university press, journals, reviews, etc.). Plays may be unproduced or produced.

We accept works of all lengths, genres, and styles, this includes:
FICTION: Short Stories, Novels, Novellas, Short Story Collections
DRAMA: One-Act Plays, Full-Length Plays
POETRY: Single poems, Prose Poetry, Collections

Although we’ve grown in scope and ambition over the years, we are still a close-knit group of literature lovers who strive to run a fair and transparent competition for all writers- new, emerging, established or otherwise. Our credo is simple: you will ALWAYS keep all rights to your work, we will ALWAYS give every entry complete, thorough readings, and we will NEVER try to sell you anything.

For more information, including the Official Rules and how to submit your work online, please visit our website.


The Writer 2009 Short-Story Contest

16 February 2009

$1,000, first place; $300, second place; $200, third place.
The first-place entry, along with the finalist judge’s comments, will be published in The Writer magazine. All three winning entries will be posted on The Writer Web site,

Finalist judge
Shelby Hearon

Entry fee
$10 per entry, payable to The Writer. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Payments must be in U.S. funds drawn from a U.S. bank.

Postmarked by May 31, 2009.

1. Submit two (2) copies of your short story. Entries must be submitted with an official entry form, available below. Place the title only (not your name) on each page of the story.
2. All entries must be original and previously unpublished in a book, nationally distributed periodical or Web-based magazine. Entries must be in English and submitted by the author, who must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry.
3. Entries should not exceed 2,000 words. No graphic language, sex or violence.
4. Entries must be double-spaced in standard 10- to 12-point type, and each page must be consecutively numbered. Please paperclip pages together; do not staple or enclose in covers or binders.
5. A $10 nonrefundable entry fee, payable to The Writer, must accompany each entry. Please do not send cash in the mail. Submitted entries are final and will not be returned, so be sure to keep a copy for your records. We are unable to acknowledge entries.
6. You may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee. No simultaneous submissions are allowed.
7. Winners will be notified by Sept. 1, 2009.
8. Family members and employees of The Writer and its affiliates are not eligible to enter the contest.

How to submit
Download the entry form on The Writer’s Web site: Send two (2) copies of your entry, along with the completed entry form and total entry fee ($10 per entry). Payment must accompany all entries.

Address entries to: 2009 Short-Story Contest, The Writer, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612.

The Summerset Review Call for Submissions

16 February 2009

The Summerset Review, a literary journal publishing stories and essays for the past six years, is now accepting poetry as well.

Send up to five poems to

Visit the site at:

The Summerset Review is a quarterly online journal, periodically collecting some of the work in print editions. We nominate for annual awards, including Pushcart and BASS, and publish new and established voices. A story appearing in our next issue, due out March 15, is part of this year’s winning Iowa Short Fiction Award collection.

We also run a Reading Contest, where we pay $100 per quarter to the provider of the best feedback (over 50 words) on a story or essay running in our current issue. We do this to inspire more reading of literary journals.

The Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Award

16 February 2009

Camber Press is pleased to announce our Fiction Chapbook Award. Our ethos is to publish contemporary fiction exhibiting lucid delivery while not sacrificing emotional depth, mastery of craft, or originality.

First Prize: $1,000 and publication of chapbook

Submission guidelines: The winning fiction writer will receive $1,000 and have his or her manuscript published by Camber Press, Inc. The winner will also receive ten copies of the book. Only typed manuscripts no greater than 10,000 words of original English-language fiction will be considered. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. Names should not appear anywhere else. A title page with no biographical information should follow. Simultaneous submissions are allowed if Camber Press is immediately notified of acceptance elsewhere. Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish acknowledgment of receipt. A $15 entry fee payable to Camber Press must accompany all submissions. International submissions are $15 provided they are in US funds. Submissions must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2009. The winner will be announced on or before July 1, 2009.

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to receive a print announcement of the winner.

E-mail us at for more information. Send entries to:

Fiction Award
Camber Press
1160 Midland Avenue
Suite 3F
Bronxville, NY 10708

Other details:
• If your story has been previously published in a literary journal or review, please include this information in an acknowledgments page. Any manuscript previously published as a whole in book form is not eligible.
• Multiple manuscripts by the same writer will be accepted if submitted with a corresponding entry fee for each work.
• If the writer’s name is present anywhere on the manuscript aside from the cover page, the entry will be disqualified.
• If the writer needs to refer to his/herself in the story, a pseudonym must be used.
• Please do not send corrections or additions. The winner will be allowed to make revisions before publication.
• Submissions postmarked after April 30, 2009, will not be considered for the competition.
• At 10,000 words maximum, this award could qualify for that much-neglected fiction form of a “long story” or “novelette.” This award isn’t limited to that genre. Word counts for short stories (generally considered up to 7500) will also be accepted.
• Using the industry standard of approximately 250 words per page, your manuscript should not be over 40 pages. Line length, chapter sections, type size, margins, and other factors affect the number of pages both a manuscript and a finished book will be. Please rely on the word count feature of your word processing application.
• Covers, tables of contents, dedication pages, acknowledgments pages, etc., do not count toward the total number of pages.
• “No greater than 40 pages” does not mean your manuscript need be 40 pages. Please think of the quality of your writing first, and “40 pages,” if ever, last. An excellent story of 7400 words will beat a padded 10,000 word story every time.
• If you wish to bind your manuscript(s), please use a paperclip. Folders, binders, “bullnose” clips, and staples are not encouraged.
• Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Do not send a return envelope or return postage. Do not send your only copy of your manuscript.

Judge: Ron Carlson

Deadline: April 30, 2009

Dylan Days 2009 Contests

16 February 2009

HIBBING, Minn. ─ The Dylan Days Creative Writing contest is issuing its 2009 call for entries. The annual contest based in Bob Dylan’s hometown includes poetry, short fiction and our wildly successful new one-act play category. The deadline is 11:59 p.m., March 15, 2009. Poetry and Short fiction will be accepted through an online entry system. (

One act plays are accepted only through the mail.

First, Second and Third prizes will be awarded to writers in poetry and short fiction categories, in both open and student divisions. First Prize wins $100, Second Prize wins $50 and Third Prize wins $25. Honorable mentions will also be named. All winning entries appear in the Dylan Days literary journal, “Talkin’ Blues,” providing many first-time publication credits for emerging writers and poets.

In the one act playwright competition, one winner will be named along with honorable mentions. The top work will be produced and performed on the Hibbing Community College stage during Dylan Days as the featured entertainment for our annual Literary Showcase. The grand prize winner will receive $100. The play will be cast with experienced actors and directed by Michael Ricci, the award-winning director of the HCC theatre program whose acclaimed work has included “Tommy,” “Hair,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Amadeu
s,” and many more.

Visit for rules and online entry information on the five divisions: Open Short Fiction, Open Poetry, Student Short Fiction, Student Poetry and Open One-Act Play.


16 February 2009

The Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award from Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an annual award competition intended to encourage increased artistic and intellectual growth among students, as well as reward excellence and diversity in creative writing. Each year, $1000 and a signed copy of a Charles Johnson book will be awarded to the winner. The winning entry will also be published in the Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The award is co-sponsored by Charles Johnson, CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, and the SIUC Department of English and College of Liberal Arts.

The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university. There is no entry fee. Entrants may only submit one story. All entries will be screened by published and accomplished writers and editors. The award winner will be selected by Charles Johnson. Finalists must meet all contest guidelines and be able to verify their status as students. (Evidence of current enrollment: a xeroxed copy of a grade transcript, a class schedule or receipt of payment of tuition showing your full- or part-time status for the Spring 2008 semester. The name of the institution and its address must be clear. Please indicate the name of the department of your major field of study.)

Submit one unpublished short story, no longer than 20 pages in length. All entries must be typed double-spaced. Please type or print full name, complete address, phone number, e-mail address, and name of college or university attending on a cover page for the manuscript. Cover letters are not required. Submissions must be postmarked in February 2009. Entries will not be returned, and we are unable to provide feedback on the entries. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest director must be informed immediately if a story is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well. The winner will be announced in September 2009 on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale website

Mail entries (with a self-addressed stamped envelope) to:

Allison Joseph
Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award
English Department
English Department – Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

You may e-mail questions or comments to Electronic submissions and faxes are not accepted.

The Smoking Poet Short Story Contest

16 February 2009

The Smoking Poet is a literary ezine, established in 2006, and published online on a quarterly basis. TSP’s first annual short story contest is open to all writers, whether they have been past contributors to TSPor not, and in any genre.

An entry fee of $10 per submission is required, payment to be made through PayPal. Once you have sent in your submission and we determine it meets our contest guidelines, we will send you the PayPal link for payment with an invoice for your records.

Entries must be submitted as a Word doc file, one per e-mail, in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double-spaced. The author’s name, address, and telephone number must appear in the upper right hand corner. Word count must not exceed 5,000. Please include a short bio statement, not to exceed 100 words, in the body of your e-mail.

The judges for the contest are Zinta Aistars, managing editor of The Smoking Poet; J. Conrad Guest, fiction editor of The Smoking Poet and author of January’s Paradigm.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three stories: first prize, $200; second prize, $100; third prize, $50. All of the winners will be published in the summer issue of The Smoking Poet, online in mid June, 2009.

Submission deadline for the contest is May 31, 2009. Please send your submission with the subject line stating CONTEST/Last Name to
If the subject line does not state CONTEST, then we will assume it is a submission for the ezine.

We look forward to reading your best work!


16 February 2009

Reading: February 1 – March 30, 2009

No mss postmarked after March 30, 2009 will be considered.

Reading fee: $20.00

Final Judge: Jan Beatty

(Jan Beatty’s new book, Red Sugar, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in Spring, 2008. Other books include Boneshaker (2002, U. of Pgh. Press) and Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Ravenous, her limited edition chapbook, won the 1995 State Street Prize. Beatty’s poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and Court Green, and in anthologies published by Oxford University Press, University of Illinois Press, and University of Iowa Press. Awards include the $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For the past thirteen years, she has hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio show on NPR-affiliate WYEP-FM featuring the work of national writers. Beatty directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and teaches in the MFA program.)

Notification in June for Spring 2010 publication by Briery Creek Press.

Winner receives 50 books, a reading, $1000.00, and a letter-pressed broadside created by book-artist Kerri Cushman.

All entries receive a copy of the winning book.

Send between 48 and 60 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12 point font, Arial, Courier, or Times. Do not include Table of Contents in page count. Entries will be judged blind, so include cover letter with ms title, poet’s name, and all contact information. Cover sheet on ms should include TITLE ONLY. Do NOT include Dedication, Acknowledgments or Credits page. Poet’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the ms. Number all ms pages. Entries should include a #10 SASE for winner notification. Send disposable mss only; no manuscripts will be returned.

No restriction on content or style; we’re simply looking for excellent poetry.

Simultaneous submission okay for contest, although we ask that poets please contact us immediately if the ms is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees not returned upon such withdrawal. Current students and employees of Longwood University and authors published by The Dos Passos Review are not eligible for this competition.

Make checks payable to DPR/BRIERY CREEK, Department of English, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23901

The Bechtel Prize

16 February 2009

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) awards the Bechtel Prize annually in recognition of an exemplary essay addressing important issues in the areas of creative writing education, literary studies, and/or the profession of writing. The deadline to receive submissions for the 2009 Bechtel Prize is 5:00 PM (Eastern), Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

In 2009, T&W is seeking Bechtel Prize submissions that explore the teaching of creative writing in combination with another artistic discipline, such as dance, media arts, music, theater, or the visual arts; or with another academic discipline, such as math or history. We are seeking essays that shed light on the nature of the creative process and want to read your stories about viewing the art of writing through a different lens, and your take on the benefits and challenges of such cross-disciplinary work.

Questions that might be addressed in essays include, but are not limited to, the following:

What are the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching creative writing?

Are there aspects of the creative processes central to the literary arts that students can understand more clearly in the context of other disciplines?

What are the complications of teaching creative writing with another discipline?

Do writers who teach in an interdisciplinary way find that work influencing their own creative processes?

The winning essay appears in Teachers & Writers magazine, and the author receives a $1,500 honorarium. Authors of submissions selected as finalists for the award share honoraria of $500, and their essays may also be published in Teachers & Writers. The previous winners of the Bechtel Prize can be found at

Prospective entrants for the Bechtel Prize are encouraged to review a sample issue of Teachers & Writers to familiarize themselves with the magazine’s style. To order a sample issue of the magazine for $5.00, go to

Questions regarding the Bechtel Prize should be directed to

2009 Bechtel Prize Submission Guidelines

Entry fee: $20 for each entry (make checks payable to Teachers & Writers Collaborative). Each fee entitles the entrant to a new one-year subscription to Teachers & Writers or a one-year extension of a current subscription. Please indicate your choice and include a complete address for subscriptions.

Submissions should relate to teaching creative writing in an interdisciplinary context.

Submissions must be previously unpublished and under 5,000 words in length.

Submissions must be typed, paginated, and double-spaced.

Submissions will be judged anonymously. The author’s name and address must not appear anywhere on the essay/article.

Two copies of the entry must be submitted. One copy should include a cover page with the following information: the author’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, the title of the submission, and where the author learned about the Bechtel Prize. The other copy should include a cover page with only the title.

Authors of the Bechtel Prize winner and finalists must permit T&W to publish their submissions in Teachers & Writers. T&W reserves the right to edit the submissions for publication.

Please mail entries to:
The Bechtel Prize, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 520 Eighth Ave., Ste. 2020, New York, NY 10018.

Submissions must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern), Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be reviewed for the Bechtel Prize. Submissions cannot be returned to the authors.

The Redlands Aromatherapy Foundation Contests

16 February 2009

“For the Love of nature”
Poetry, Short Fiction & Personal Recollection Contest
Contest Dates: February 14th 2009 œ May 14th 2009
First Place: $300.00
Second Place: $150.00
Third Place: $50.00
We are interested in reading original, unpublished works related to nature. Submit a group of 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay with a $10 reading fee. Writers may enter in more than one genre. Winning entries will be considered for publication in Foundation upcoming newsletters/and or website.