Archive for March 6th, 2009

The 31st Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

6 March 2009


Contest Rules
Contest Begins: JANUARY 1, 2009

Postmark Deadline: APRIL 30, 2009

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).
Fiction: 7,500 words maximum.

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone & email. “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts will not be returned. Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s Web site. Submitters must have a U.S. address by October of 2008 to enter the contest. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October.

Entry/Subscription Fee: $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to:

Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Zoland Poetry Call for Submissions

6 March 2009

Please submit only once per reading period.

Work may be submitted online:
or via mail to: Zoland Poetry / 57 Lake View Ave / Cambridge, MA 02138

All submissions must include: Name, Address, Phone, & Email

Fax submissions are not accepted.

Submit no more than 10 pages of previously unpublished poetry per reading period.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, if noted in the cover letter.

Submissions will not be returned, though receipt of material will be confirmed, if a self-addressed, stamped postcard is provided.

All poets will be contacted by May 1, if their work has been accepted.

Submissions will be accepted for the fourth Zoland Poetry annual beginning in early summer 2008 through March 15, 2009 . We are no longer reading for the third annual, which will be out February 2009.

Payment Schedule
Payment for poetry submissions is $15/page with a maximum of $150. Zoland purchases First World Rights, non-exclusive one-time anthology rights, and the right to publish a selection of the work on the website. Copyright remains with the author. All authors and translators will receive two copies of the book, along with payment, which is made just after publication of the annual volume. Authors are responsible for proofing their respective pages from galleys.

Translations will be considered only if a letter, signed by the author or his/her agent granting rights to the translated work, accompanies the submission. Translators should also include brief biographical information about the author and hard copy of the original language text. Upon acceptance of the translation, electronic copy of the original language text will be requested for the website.

General queries:

Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize

6 March 2009

$1500 and publication by Saturnalia Books

2009 Judge = Carl Phillips

Manuscript must be an original work of poetry written in English.
Manuscript must be at least 48 pages in length (not including foreword material).
Author’s name and contact information must not appear on manuscript.
Manuscript must be single-sided, and securely bound with a binder clip only.
Please include a separate cover sheet containing author’s name, title of manuscript, and contact information (including email address, street address, and phone number).
Please include a check for $25 payable to Saturnalia Books. Entries without checks or with checks that are returned for insufficient funds will be immediately withdrawn.
Manuscripts will be accepted during the month of March only (or postmarked by March 31).
Former students who have studied “poetry writing” with the judge are ineligible to enter. Friends and family of the judge are also ineligible.
Notification will be sent to your e-mail address. Do not include a self addressed stamped envelope (sase) unless you do not have an email address. If you do, it will be discarded.
Contest winner will be announced in July on the web site and via email. Please do not contact Saturnalia Books regarding your submission status before August 1.

Address submissions to:
saturnalia books
13 E. Highland Ave., 2 FL.
Philadelphia, PA 19118


6 March 2009

Paid members: $1 per entry
Non-members: $3 per entry

“Members” must be paid prior to CONTEST DEADLINE OF MARCH 21: see Rules

1. The Alabama State Poetry Society Spring Contest (sponsor ASPS)
$100, $50, $25, $10, and 3 HM’s in order of merit
any form, any subject, 60 line limit

2. Jonathan Smith Memorial Award (sponsors Joe & Gail Whitten)
$30, $20, $15, and 3 HM’s
any form, subject “The Joy of Music”, line limit 40

3. The Changing of the Seasons (sponsor Shelia Mau)
$40, $30, $20, and up to 3 HM’s at judge’s discretion
any form, subject “Changing of the Seasons: literally or figuratively”, line limit 40

4. Haiku for Spring (sponsor Gail Ingram)
$25, $15, $10, and one HM
form Haiku, any subject appropriate to form, at least 3 poemsnot more than 5

5. The Dana Witchern Contest (sponsors Peter & Sarah Meister)
3 winners, $25 each
any form, any subject, any length

6. Poetic Reflections Award (sponsor John Curbow)
3 winners, $50 each: MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
any form, any subject, line limit 42

7. Brevity is Beautiful Award (sponsor Donna Jean Tennis)
Winner will receive 50 notecards featuring the winning poem.
any form, subject “Anything about Spring or Summer”, line limit 8

8. “For Those Who Care” Award (sponsor Sarah Fechter)
this category is repeated because the winners in ’08 were not present
3 prizes of $25 each: MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
any form, subject “Compassion and/or Justice”, line limit 42

9. Race for the Curein Honor of Gail Whitten (sponsor Joe Whitten)
$50, $40, $30, up to 3 HM’s at the judge’s discretion
any form, subject “Saluting the courage of someone battling cancer”:
under the title, put name of person you are saluting, line limit none

10. Search for the Inexplicable Award (sponsor Kathleen Thompson)
Wallace Stevens said poetry is “a search for the inexplicable.” Let’s see your search.
$60, $25, $15. any form, any length.


Members: $1 per poem
Non-members: $3 per poem
(Contest #1 is open to paid members only.)
(Winners of #6 & #8 must be present to win!)
Members must be paid by March 14 (postmark)


Joe Whitten
PO Box 125
Odenville AL 35120

Direct questions (do not email entries) to


1. The same poem may not be entered in more than one category. Poems may not have won a monetary award in a previous ASPS contest. All rights to previously published poems must be retained by the poet.

2. There is no limit on entries, although you may receive only one award per contest.
Send an SASE (#10 envelope only) for winners list.

3. Submit 2 copies of each poem on 8-1/2 x 11 paper. Plain type & fonts only. No script. On each copy, put category name and number in top right corner. On one copy only, under the category name and number, put your name and address, “Nonmember” or “Member”, and email address. Address labels are acceptable.

4. Poems are judged by qualified judges not affiliated with ASPS. Keep a copy of your poems. All poems will be destroyed after the October meeting.

5. In the event that you are a winner, please put the name and address of one local paper at the bottom of your “original” entry (the one with ID).

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To be eligible for member fees of $1 per entry and to enter Category #1
send $20 by March 14 (postmark) to:

Dr. Wayne DeLoach
ASPS Treasurer
2532 County Road 57
Marbury AL 36051

Make check payable to Alabama State Poetry SocietyMemo line: Membership Dues

Do not send contest entries or contest fees to Wayne!

Slant Poetry Call for Submissions

6 March 2009

Slant is a poetry e- journal featuring three poems per author on the subject of dysfunction. We’re interested in poetry that explores various dysfunctional environments be it mental, familial, natural, political, societal and others. If you have a poem addressing your dysfunctional sunglasses, send them in, too. We’re interested in the humorous, the serious, and the rebellious. Because we are theme based, we like reading and publishing poetry in batches and therefore require that the poetry showcased by each author stands as a cohesive whole.

If you are interested in submitting to Slant, please send three (only three) unpublished poems to with “poetry submission – your name” in the subject line. Please include a brief bio (brief!) along with your submission. Please include your poems within the body of the email. If you have special formatting requirements, please query us beforehand regarding our attachment policy. We read on a rolling basis and do not commit to scheduled release dates. All work published in Slant will remain in our archives. Each author will have one full page dedicated to their poems for (around) a two week time period until a new batch of poems by a different author will take their place.

We accept simultaneous submissions as long as we are notified immediately if any of the poems submitted have been accepted for publication elsewhere.

At times, the editor may choose
to include artwork on the poetry page along with the published poems. All showcased artwork is chosen solely by the editor.

We expect to put out one print anthology annually containing selected poems published to the Slant web journal from the previous year.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for a response. Any questions should be sent to