Archive for February 25th, 2009


25 February 2009

The Barrow Street Press Book Contest award will be given for the best previously unpublished manuscript of poetry in English.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.


1) Submit a 50 – 70 page unpublished manuscript of original poetry in English.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


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 or

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: or

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.


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), 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: or, replacing (a) with @. Telephone: 219-322-7270 or toll-free 866-510-6735.

If Poetry Journal Call for Submissions

25 February 2009

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 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

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. (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