Archive for March 7th, 2009

Call for submissions: Somnambulist Quarterly

7 March 2009

Somnambulist Quarterly, a new online literary magazine based out of Chicago is looking for submissions in Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Photo Essay.

No real requirements except that you be good.

Visit our website at to get an idea.

Please submit stories to

American Short(er) Fiction Prize

7 March 2009
Our new contest highlights great work in shorter fiction–stories of 1,000 words or less, to be exact.
First prize receives $500 and publication.
Second prize receives $250 and publication.

Judged by the editorial staff of American Short Fiction.

Contest is open from February 16 to May 1. Submissions accepted online via the ASF Submission Manager.
1. All entries must be unpublished and 1,000 words or less. Please type and double-space.
2. The entry fee is $15, payable through our publisher’s online store []. Please pay the entry fee before submitting your work through the Submission Manager. When you have paid the entry fee, you will be given access to the Submission Manager to submit your work.
3. You may send up to three shorts per entry, but make sure they are all combined into ONE file for uploading. Each individual short may be up to 1,000 words, so the file can contain a maximum of 3,000 words.
4. You may enter as many times as you like. Each separate entry requires its own entry fee of $15. (Please refer to the previous guideline.)
5. Entrant’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the uploaded file.
6. Previously published stories and stories forthcoming at other publications cannot be considered. This includes online journals and other websites. Entries may be simultaneous submissions, but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is taken by another publication.
7. Winners will be announced on June 1, 2009, on the American Short Fiction website.
8. Current employees or others affiliated with Badgerdog Literary Publishing are ineligible for consideration or publication. In addition, writers who have a strong personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff are asked to abstain from entering the contest in order to prevent a conflict of interest.
9. We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics.

Small Spaces Fiction Prize

7 March 2009

Avery’s inaugural Small Spaces Fiction Prize is now open for entries. The winning entry will be awarded $150 and published in Avery 5 (Spring 2009). Kevin Brockmeier will judge.

Contest Guidelines:
Unpublished stories of up to 5000 words are eligible. All manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, and submitted online. Entry fee is $10, payable via the Avery website. Once fee is paid, send entry as Word attachment to, with entrant’s name and SMALL SPACES PRIZE as subject line. Deadline is April 1st, 2009.

Winners will be announced on the Avery website in May 2009. The first 100 entrants will received a copy of Avery 5. All submissions will be considered for publication.

Please address all questions to

The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series

7 March 2009

WHEN: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park, Picnic Area Number 6, during June and July.
WHAT: Two poets are usually featured. The outdoor programs held next to poet Joaquin Miller’s Cabin are sponsored by The Word Works, and the National Park Service.
WHO: Kathi Morrison-Taylor, Rosemary Winslow and Deborah Ager are the co-directors for 2009.

IF SELECTED, you will read your work at the cabin and receive a small honorarium. Copies of a poster/flyer (self-mailer) will be available for you to send to friends and colleagues. If you have books published, you may sell them
at the reception. If you live out of town and need a place to stay, we’ll do our best to help you find a place.

TO APPLY to the series, send the following:

* 5 poems, typed, one poem per page. No one poem longer than two pages.
* Name, address, telephone numbers, email on first page of the submission. Name on every page.
* Brief biographical note, including publications, readings, literary studies, prizes.
* Stamped, self-addressed envelope for reply (for return of poems, add sufficient postage as needed).

NOTE: All manuscripts must be typed. Any form or style of poetry will be considered; selection is made on the basis of the poems submitted. The biographical note is for information only. The director is assisted by a panel of writers in choosing poets.


Rosemary Winslow , Co-Director
Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series
Department of English
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064

DEADLINE: Postmarked on or before March 31 of each year.

Microfiction/Prose Poetry Anthology – Call for Submissions!

7 March 2009

I am co-editing a microfiction and prose poetry anthology with Jan Fortune-Wood, and we are calling for submissions on any subject, under 600 words per piece. It is free to submit your work, and you may submit as many pieces as you wish. The anthology is due to be published in 2010. See below for more details.

Submission Call

We are looking for pieces of microfiction, sometimes called short short fiction or flash fiction, and pieces of prose poetry that tell a story in under 600 words. There is no minimum word limit.

Microfiction and prose poetry are very short prose pieces that harness a poetic world but still contain a story with a beginning, middle and end, and imply a lot more than their small structure can contain. They are flashes of something – an epiphany, perhaps – that often subvert expectation and work in a minimal structure. Some argue that there is a definitive boundary between prose poetry and microfiction, but you may submit either for this publication.

You may submit as many pieces as you wish, and those chosen will appear in a new Cinnamon microfiction and prose anthology to be published in late 2010, co-edited by Holly Howitt and Jan Fortune-Wood.

Submission Guidelines

Please read these carefully. Due to the large volume of submissions expected we will only be able to process those submissions that conform to the guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is 15th August 2009. Each piece must be no longer than 600 words. There is no minimum length.

Pieces can be on any subject and you may send several pieces, but please submit them as a single word attachment using a .doc or .rtf format.

Submit pieces to both Holly Howitt: and Jan Fortune-Wood: with ‘microfiction anthology’ in the subject line. In the body of the email please type your name and location.

Submissions without virus protection will not be opened and read so please ensure your virus protection is up to date. We hope to inform everyone who has sent a submission of which pieces will be included by late November 2009. Please ensure that you inform us if your email address changes after sending the submission.

The decisions of the editors are final. All those whose work is selected will receive a copy of the anthology.