Archive for March 5th, 2009

The Howard Nemerov Creative Writing Awards (High School Juniors and Seniors only)

5 March 2009

Sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis.

This competition is open to juniors and seniors currently enrolled in high school. Three prizes of $250 each will be awarded both in fiction and in poetry. Students may send a single entry in each genre (one poem and/or one short story or novel chapter). All entries must be typed, with the student’s name, home address, telephone number, high school name and address, and the genre (poetry or fiction) of the work on the first page. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2009. Awards will be announced May 15, 2009. Please keep a copy, as entries cannot be returned.

This competition will be judged by faculty in the Writing Program at Washington University, including fiction writers Kathryn Davis, Marshall Klimasewiski and Kellie Wells, and poets Mary Jo Bang and Carl Phillips.

Send entries to:

The Howard Nemerov Creative Writing Awards
Washington University
Campus Box 1122
One Brookings Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

For further inquiries, contact David Schuman at (314) 935-7130.

One-page Poem Contest

5 March 2009

In honor of April being poetry month, Saturday Writers is announcing our 7th annual poetry contest!

Submission Guidelines:
1) Any style, any subject, any form. Wow us in one page. (One poem per single-spaced page.)
2) No identification should appear on the entry. Attach a separate coversheet with title, name, address, e-mail, and phone number.
3) Two copies of each entry! (Each judge needs a copy.)
4) Entry fee: $5 per poem, maximum of three entries.
5) Poems must be unpublished at the time of submission, original work of the contestant.
6) Deadline: March 16, 2009 postmark.
7) Prizes: 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $50, 3rd place – $25. Top 10 entries receive a certificate.
8) Winners will be announced on the website by April 30, 2009. Certificates and cash prizes will be mailed in early May.
9) Mail entries flat, not folded, to:

Louella Turner
Saturday Writers One-page Poem Contest Coordinator
2731 Cumberland Landing
St. Charles, MO 63303

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT send by certified mail!

10) Checks payable to: Saturday Writers.

Contest is open to members of Saturday Writers and non-members. Prize winners and honorable mention recipients (top ten only) may be given the opportunity to have their stories included (one time rights) in the Saturday Writers literary collection, published the following year.

For a list of winners, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Or check out our website after April 30:

Decision of judges is final. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Poems will not be returned. Submissions paid for by checks which are returned by the bank will be immediately disqualified.

Howl House Press Call for Submissions

5 March 2009

Howl House Press is here, and pleased to be posting our submission guidelines for our first anthology. So lofty are our hopes, we think it’ll be an annual publication. Our goal is simple: to find the darkly marvelous and the painfully strange, and present it to as many appreciative readers and viewers as possible. That’s it. Why? Because we do love the weird stuff.

Not everyone’s a writer, or an artist, or a photographer, but everyone’s a fan of something. Come in any time and share what you read or watch.

We look forward to the coming months, and the jagged and delicious discontent we’re sure to find in our inbox.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Howl House Press is seeking submissions for its first annual anthology. Target date for release is December 1, 2009.

This volume will contain the darkest and most heartfelt manifestations of the pain of love and desire. We are looking for the following:

– Poetry (up to 30 lines)
– Short shorts (up to 300 words)
– Photography (black and white or colour)
– Other visual art (query).

The volume remains untitled. We’ll let our contributors be our guide.
We intend to publish in both e-book and printed format.

Rules for Submission:
– Shorts or poetry in doc. or .txt format only.
– Photography and artwork in digital format, .jpgs preferred.
– No child pornography or animal sex. We will never condone abuse or violence.
– We offer no payment at this time; will pay in a contributor’s copy.
– Howl House Press will retain first time electronic and print rights.

We will accept submissions until August 31, 2009. Please email with additional questions.

*Update February 14, 2009

With this being our first publication, it’s a little harder to convey what it is we’re looking for, but I’ll try my damnedest:

Depictions of love, tinged with the pain only love in its many twisted and often inexplicable forms can bring. Imagery dark and beautiful. Pleading and submissive, reckless and victorious. Well-written, well-presented and original eroticism and BDSM encouraged. Expressions of ‘alternative’ forms of sexuality is more than welcome, but absolutely NO child pornography or bestiality will be considered.

We are looking for fiction, photography and art. Non-fiction will be considered, please query first. Unpublished material only, if you please.

Shel Desormeaux, Editor
Howl House Press

Words of Love Contest

5 March 2009

Ten Honorable Mentions

Deadline: postmarked by March 20, 2009.

Send in a creative letter, poem or story of 3,500 words or less.

Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $20 ($15 for Workshop members).

Multiple entries are accepted.

Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use Fedex, certified mail, etc.

Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: WOL Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.

Online contest entry at

Bellevue Literary Review’s 2010 contest

5 March 2009

The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1000 and publication in the Spring 2010 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review.

$1000 Bellevue Literary Review Goldenberg Prize for Fiction — Judged by Gail Godwin
$1000 Bellevue Literary Review Carter V. Cooper Memorial Prize for Nonfiction — Judged by Phillip Lopate
$1000 Bellevue Literary Review Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry — Judged by Tony Hoagland

Deadline: August 1, 2009.

Prose should be limited to 5000 words. Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems (max 5 pages). Previously published work cannot be considered. Entry fee is $15 per submission. For an additional $5, you will receive a 1-year subscription to the BLR. For complete guidelines and to submit your work, visit (Feel free to contact with any questions.)

Writecorner Press Annual Poetry Award

5 March 2009

First Place Award: $500
Editors’ Choices: $100 each

Annual Awards for Unpublished Poetry in Any Style, Any Theme

Any number of unpublished poems may be entered by any writer.
Poems may be in any style, any subject.
Maximum length – 40 lines per poem.
Entry fee: $5 for first poem, $3 each additional poem.
No e-mail entries accepted.
Annual Submission Period: Oct. 1 – March 31
Deadline: Postmark March 31, 2009.
Judge: Award winning poet.
Winners will be announced in late spring, 2009.

The winning poem and editors’ choices will be published on and are eligible for inclusion in the permanent website anthology. (By submitting work to this contest, authors give permission to Writecorner Press to publish the award winning poetry and editors’ choices on the website. Authors retain all other rights to their works.)

How to Submit:
1. Send two typed copies of each unpublished poem. Place no author identification on one copy of each poem so the judging can be anonymous. On the second copy of each poem, on the top right, include the author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address if available. Keep a copy because manuscripts will
be recycled, not returned. Include a SASE for list of winners.
2. Send a short bio – about 4 lines
3. Mail submission with check to Writecorner Press (no cash), or if sent from outside the USA, a money order in US funds (no cash or foreign funds) to:

Writecorner Press
Koeppel Contest – Poetry
PO Box 140310
Gainesville, FL 32614

Fees received from contests go to payment of awards and upkeep of the web site.

About this contest: Mary Sue Koeppel, Writecorner Press Co-editor, created and conducted the national Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Contest sponsored by Kalliope until 2005 when she retired from the position of Kalliope editor. She and fellow editor, Robert B. Gentry, developed this contest in order to continue to reward the writers of fine poetry.

The Writecorner Press Poetry Contest follows the ethics guidelines recommended by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). Judges review submissions with no author identification. (See contest guidelines.) The following are ineligible to receive monetary awards: poems already published elsewhere, poems by Writecorner editors or judges, relatives of judges or editors. A grand-prize winners is not eligible to win the grand prize again until the sixth year after winning the prize.