Archive for March 9th, 2009

OPEN CALL FROM PUDDING HOUSE PRESS CALL FOR Love Poems and Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen

9 March 2009

Springsteen’s passionate listeners have been grateful for his music that address their causes and struggles for years. From movie producers/directors who’ve asked for something special to fit the themes of their films to the lyrics that come from Bruce’s own conscious and the issues swelling from the times of our lives. Springsteen has created music and lyrics that help carry us through. Think of Philadelphia, The Wrestler, so many others. Bruce
Springsteen has given and given to the difficulties. What else do you know about Bruce Springsteen? What if we give him a fine, slender, collection of poems written just for him, from the similar spirit he gives to so much that matters.

This collection, edited by Jennifer Bosveld, has a target release date of September 2009 but could fill and close as soon as March 15, 2009.

So assume a deadline of March 15. Be blessed by The Ides of March. As usual, Jen issues an Ides of March message. This year it is this CALL to the value of the observant poetic response to one individual who has done likewise for decades. Join Pudding House in gratitude for Bruce Springsteen, the man he is, and the work that
proves he pays attention, issued warnings, and gone beyond to also issue blessings, issued notice regarding the fragile times of our lives.

This is not a contest and has no reading fee. Perhaps 20 poems/poets will be chosen and twenty copies of the sm
all collection will be sent to Springsteen with great effort to make sure he actually receives them. Contributors will
receive 5 copies each in gratitude from Pudding House. Anyone who wants to serve as a proofreader for the collection, to receive it by email attachment after it is formatted, please send a separate email stating that. Those selected to this task will be serving as a labor of love with your name listed in the front as “editorial team” and will need to print out the small collection and mark corrections in red.

Send poems in the body of an email only, one at a time (one poem per
email) to:

subject line: Springsteen poem

Jennifer Bosveld, editor
Love Poems and Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen
Pudding House Publications
* the largest literary small press in America*

81 Shadymere Lane
Columbus Ohio 43213

Most submissions will be responded to immediately or within a day. Be aware that our email acts up. If you don’t hear from Jen within 24 hours, assume it didn’t reach her and send again. No simultaneous submissions but previously published work is fine as long as author owns copyright and includes copyright statement at the bottom of the poem. Absolutely NO lifting of lyrics or language from work owned by other writers please.
That is illegal and people are paying hefty fines or going to jail for that.

2009 Editor’s Prize Spoon River Poetry Review

9 March 2009

One winning poem will be awarded $1000 and two runners-up will be awarded $100 each. Winning poem, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in the 2009 fall issue. This year’s judge will be announced after judging is completed.

Guidelines: Submit two copies of three unpublished poems, maximum of ten pages total. Name, address, and phone number of poet should appear on each page of one copy only. Entries must be unpublished and will not be returned.

Entry Fee: Each $16 entry fee entitles entrant to a one-year subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and include current address for each subscription or gift subscription. Include SASE for notification of results.

Mail Submissions to:

The Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize
4241 Dept. of English
Publications Unit
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4241

Entries cannot be received by FAX or e-mail

Deadline: Postmarked by April 15, 2009

Lynchburg College, Thornton Writer Residency – Spring 2010

9 March 2009

A fourteen-week residency at Lynchburg College, including a stipend of $12,000, is awarded annually to a poet or creative nonfiction writer for the spring term. The residency also includes housing, some meals, & roundtrip travel expenses. The writer-in-residence will teach a weekly creative writing workshop, visit classes, & give a public reading. Submit a copy of a previously published book of poetry or creative nonfiction, a c.v., a cover letter outlining evidence of successful teaching experience, & contact information for three references by March 16. There is no entry fee. These are the complete guidelines. Lynchburg College, Thornton Writer Residency, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501. (434) 544-8690. Joanna Turner, Contact

26th Annual Larry Neal Writers Competition

9 March 2009

in poetry, short fiction, essay, and dramatic writing, with separate awards for adults and youth.

New this year: The Big Read Special Recognition Award for Creative Expression, for essays on the theme of courage.

No fee to enter. Deadline: March 19.

Visit website for entry instructions:

The SFWP Literary Awards Program

9 March 2009

1st prize: $1,750
2nd prize: $1,000
3rd prize: $1,000


This year’s judge, Pagan Kennedy, will select authors who represent excellence in writing. Ms. Kennedy will judge prose fiction and non-fiction of any genre. We will not be accepting poetry, plays or screenplays.

The top prize winners will be forwarded to the Irene Goodman Literary Agency ( for review towards possible representation.

The Program has already begun and will run through July 15th, 2009. Review and judging will begin in August.

The program is open to all authors except for those previously published by a major house (Random House, Viking, etc. See our FAQ page, for further details.). Your entry will be reviewed by our staff for eligibility, and you will be contacted and refunded if you are not eligible. Due to the length of the awards program, we do allow authors to shop their work around.

Please take a moment to review the guidelines below. If you have questions or comments, visit our site at or contact us at

Each entry should be no more than 25 pages in length. This can include any number of related short stories or essays, the first 25 pages of a longer work, or relevant excerpts or chapters from a work — however you feel your writing is best represented. All entries should be 12-point font and single sided. There is no minimum word or page count. Please number your pages.

Multiple entries will be accepted.

Entries must include a copy of the Entry Form.

A $25 reading fee must accompany each submission. We can accept a check or money order in US funds, made payable to “Santa Fe Writers Project.” This fee is non-refundable after the awards have been granted. All decisions made by the judge are final.

Credit card payment for the reading fee will be accepted via PayPal (access through our entry form on the website).

If you are a student, the reading fee is $20. To receive this discount, please include a photocopy of a current student ID or similar proof of enrollment.

Please include two self-addressed stamped envelopes so we can notify you of receipt and of the results.

SFWP will not keep submissions on file or use them for any purpose without the permission of the respective authors. We do not share personal contact information with any individual, organization or marketing agency.

SFWP claims no control over your work. There are no stipulations if you are selected for the 2009 Awards. Participation in any SFWP-related activity is voluntary.

We will not be able to return manuscripts. Please keep a copy of your work.

The contest is open to international submissions. The reading fee can be sent as an international mail order, a check drawn from a US account or via

Entries may include a synopsis, outline or introductory letter. These will not be counted towards your overall page limit. Entries will be blinded. Do not send personal correspondence to the Judge.

You may participate in other contests and programs as well as pursue publication during the SFWP 2009 Awards Cycle. There will be no penalties if your work wins another award or is published before the judging begins.

The SFWP Publishing division will review all entries for possible publication. They are not obligated to select any of the winners for publication, nor are any applicants obligated to work with the Publishing division.

Winners will also be featured on our online literary journal at
Remember: All entries must be accompanied by a $25 reading fee ($20 for students). Send your entry, your entry form and the fee to:

Santa Fe Writers Project
369 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501


SFWP’s program began in 2000 and has been judged by National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Jayne Anne Phillips, two-time NEA fellow and Hemingway Award finalist Richard Currey, Granta “best novelist under 40” and Guggenheim fellow Chris Offutt, Pulitzer winner Robert Olen Butler, and popular essayist Ayun Halliday.
For more on the history of SFWP’s Literary Awards Program, please visit

“Winning the Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program launched the best year of my professional life. SFWP is a first class organization, one that actually uses its program to promote writers.” K.L. Cook, author of Last Call and The Girl from Charnelle.

13th Annual Women Who Write Poetry and Short Prose Contest

9 March 2009

Entry guidelines:

Total submission — no more than 10 double-spaced pages.
$10 entry fee for each poem or story submitted.
Each poem or story needs a cover page with title of work, author, address and home phone.
To identify each page of your work, use only the title.
Postmark deadline: May 31, 2009
Members of Women Who Write are ineligible.
Submissions will not be returned.
Send entries and entry fee to:

Women Who Write
P.O. Box 6167
Louisville, KY 40206

Awards and Recognition:

Short prose and poetry winners receive:
First Place……….$100
Second Place……..70
Third Place…………40

Winners’ work is published in Calliope, Women Who Write’s annual anthology.

Winners read their poetry and selections from their stories at the awards program held in December.

FutureCycle Poetry Contest

9 March 2009

Guidelines for Submitting

FutureCycle Press is pleased to announce its inaugural, annual poetry book competition open to any poet writing in the English language. Whether you have published a thousand books or zero books, you are welcome to enter the competition.

You may submit more than one manuscript (with $20 entry fee for each book). Simultaneous submissions are also considered, provided that we are notified immediately if your book is accepted elsewhere.

All entrants will receive two poetry books from our press: The Porous Desert by David Chorlton and Colma by John Laue. Both excellent titles were published in 2007.

We do not accept postal submissions-electronic only (see “How and Where to Submit” below).

Prize and Publication

A prize of $1000, plus 25 copies of the book, will be awarded to the winning author. Other entrants will also be considered for publication by our press, subject to our standard publishing contract.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts should be 48 to 70 pages in length, excluding front matter such as acknowledgments, title page, etc.

The manuscript should contain a title page with your name, address, email address, and phone number. Also include an acknowledgments page listing the names and titles of any poems in the collection that have been previously published.

Please do not double space the text of your poems, except between stanzas and after the title.

Reading Period

You may submit beginning January 1, 2009. We must receive your submission no later than March 31, 2009.

How and Where to Submit

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically, either by email to or via our online submission form located at

Submitted file formats accepted are Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, RTF, or PDF.

Email Submissions

If sending by email, please enter the message subject in the form of “Poetry Prize submission from [your name].”

Please include a cover letter and brief bio either in the submitted manuscript file or in the body of the email.

The manuscript file must be sent as an attachment in one of the allowed formats above.

Do not paste the poems in the body of the email.

Online Form Submissions

If you submit using our online form, please enter a bio and cover letter (if not included in the manuscript file) in the space provided on the form.

Alternatively, you may upload the bio and letter as separate files, using the upload buttons provided on the form.

There is also an upload button for sending the manuscript itself.

Entry Fee Payment

The $20.00 per manuscript entry fee must be paid online. We have provided a payment link on our website for you to send the fee with your credit card or with your PayPal account. This page is located at

It does not matter whether we receive the payment first or the manuscript first. Howeve
r, there should not be more than a few days’ gap between arrival of manuscript and its entry fee.


The editors of FutureCycle Press will judge the contest.

Award Announcement

The winner will be announced in early May 2009. The winning book will be published by July 2009.

FutureCycle Press reserves the right not to award a prize if we do not receive a book we’d like to publish.