Archive for March 11th, 2009

100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest

11 March 2009

100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest accepts fiction of any kind except lewd. PRIZES are $500, $200, and $100. Each entrant receives a free checkmark evaluation. Entry fee is $15.00 and a written critique is an additional $16.00.

Deadline is May 14, 2009.

Final Judge is a published story writer of note.

Emphasis for judging is power of the story, its twist, and beauty of language.

See the website (, for guidelines.

Elixir Press Poetry Contest

11 March 2009

Elixir Press is sponsoring a contest for a first or second book of poetry. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000. The winning manuscript will be published by Elixir Press. All entries will be considered for publication.

Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the page only and on standard paper. No dot matrix unless letter quality.

Send a business size SASE for reply only; manuscripts cannot be returned. An SAS postcard for receipt of the manuscript is optional.

Please use a 12 to 14 point font.

Do not send the only copy of your manuscript.

Do not send biographical material, photographs, CDs, videos, or illustrations.

Enclose a cover sheet stating the name of the manuscript and the author’s name, address, and telephone number and a cover sheet with the title alone.

Manuscripts must be paginated and include a table of contents and an acknowledgments page if appropriate.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, so long as Elixir is notified immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages in length.

Please secure your manuscript with either a binder clip or file folder. Do not otherwise bind your manuscript.

Contest entry fee is $25.

The postmark deadline for the contest is March 31, 2009.

Submit entries to:

Antivenom Poetry Prize
Elixir Press
PO Box 27029
Denver, CO 80227

The Country Dog Review Call for Submissions

11 March 2009

Introducing The Country Dog Review: a Journal of Poetry

Now accepting submissions for our first issue. Please visit us at

Submission Guidelines:

We accept submissions via email only. Please email your submission (3-5 poems) as one attachment in Microsoft Word format. The subject of your email needs to read as follows: last name, date, poetry. Make sure you include a bio with either in the file or in the body of the email. Submit your work to

We accept submissions year round. We only accept unpublished poems and we accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your poem is accepted elsewhere. We ask that you not send multiple submissions: please wait for a response before you submit again. Response time is 1-2 months. After two months time, feel free to query us on the status of your submission.

Book Reviews:

Book reviews will be published on the web site on a rolling basis. Please query before you submit a book review. We only accept reviews of books of poetry published within the last 2 years. Send queries to


Interviews will be published on the web site on a rolling basis. We accept interview with poets only. If you have an idea for an interview or would like to submit an interview, please query at

Deadline: April 1, 2009

The Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers

11 March 2009

$2,500 awarded annually by Shenandoah and Washington and Lee University

The Prize includes publication of new work in Shenandoah.

Eligibility for 2009 Prize: all writers of POETRY with only one published book in that genre.
To apply, send first book,* five unpublished poems and biographical information along with an s.a.s.e. and a check for $25 (from either author or publisher), which brings a year’s subscription to Shenandoah, between March 15 and March 31, 2009 to:

R. T. Smith
The Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize
Mattingly House / 2 Lee Avenue
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450-2116

(540) 458-8908

* Books submitted for consideration will not be returned and will be donated to a local library after the contest has been judged.

The MacGuffin’s 14th National Poet Hunt Contest

11 March 2009

Judged by Thomas Lynch

First Place Prize $500
*Two Honorable Mentions*

Contest Rules
1. Each entrant will receive one FREE issue of The MacGuffin that includes the 14th National Poet Hunt winners.
2. Staff members and their families are not eligible to participate.
3. An entry consists of five poems.
4. Poems must be typed on sheets of 81/2 x 11” paper. Clean photocopies are acceptable. DO NOT place name and address on submissions. Entries can also be made electronically as an MS Word document on a 31/2″ disk or CD (PC format recommended).
5. Each entrant must include a 3 x 5 index card that includes poem titles and the contestant’s name, address, daytime telephone number, and email address.
6. There is a $15.00 entry fee. Please send check or money order payable to “Schoolcraft College.” Please do not send cash.
7. Poems must not be previously published, and must be the original work of the contestant. Poems may be under consideration elsewhere. The MacGuffin reserves the right to disqualify a work that is accepted elsewhere.
8. No entries will be returned.
9. Entrants wishing to receive a list of winners should send a stamped SASE.
10. Entries must be postmarked between April 1, 2009 and June 3, 2009.

Mail entries to:
The MacGuffin/Poet Hunt Contest
Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152

Winners will be announced in September 2009

First Place and Honorable Mention poems will be published in a future issue of The MacGuffin.

The MacGuffin reserves the right not to award any Honorable Mentions.

The National Poetry Review Annie Finch Prize

11 March 2009


All entries will be considered by the editor for publication. Submit up to three unpublished, uncommitted poems (10 pages maximum per group of three poems), cover letter with bio and contact information, including email address for results, with a $15.00 fee (personal check only, please; no money orders) to

C. J. Sage, TNPR, Post Office Box 2080, Aptos, California 95001-2080

IMPORTANT: Please make checks payable to “C. J. Sage” only.

Postmark deadline: April 30, 2009.

The winner will receive $500 plus publication in The National Poetry Review.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the work is selected by TNPR for the prize or for publication, it must be withdrawn from elsewhere unless you have withdrawn it from us two weeks before our acceptance. Multiple submissions are acceptable with a reading fee for each group of three poems. Page limit per group: 10

Visible Verse Videopoems Call for Submissions

11 March 2009

Pacific Cinémathèque and curator Heather Haley are seeking videopoem submissions from around the world for the annual Visible Verse screening and performance poetry celebration. SEE THE VOICE: Visible Verse is North America’s sustaining venue for the presentation of new and artistically significant poetry video and film.

Official guidelines:

* Visible Verse seeks videopoems, with a 15 minutes maximum duration.
* Either official language of Canada is acceptable, though if the video is in French, an English-dubbed or-subtitled version is required for consideration. Videos may originate in any part of the world, however.
* Works will be judged on true literary merit. The ideal videopoem is a wedding of word and image, the voice seen as well as heard.
* Please, do not send documentaries, as they are outside the featured genre.
* Videopoem producers should provide a brief bio, full name, and contact information in a cover letter. There is no official application form nor entry fee.

Send, at your own risk, videopoems and poetry films/preview copies (which cannot be returned) in DVD NTSC format to: VISIBLE VERSE c/o Pacific Cinémathèque, 200–1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2L7, Canada. Selected artists will be notified and receive a screening fee.
DEADLINE: Sept. 1, 2009

For more information contact Heather Haley at:

Heather Haley is a well-established presenter of poetry video in Vancouver. An instigator of poetry video production and appreciation in Canada, Haley and the Edgewise ElectroLit Centre convened the original Vancouver Videopoem Festival in 1999. That festival became critically regarded owing to the its progressive regard for spoken word in cinema. The 2000 festival, for example, presented many poets both in performance and on the big screen. The audience could see for themselves the merits and distinctions of poetry rendered in time in these two forms, stage versus screen. The festival then built upon that critical base, with widened explorations into poetry cinema across national frontiers. They presented significant new works from Europe and the Americas, and continued to offer Canadian audiences a remarkably broad selection of new videopoems from their own country. And owing to Vancouver’s strength in the film and television production industries, Haley has been able to cultivate critical interest between filmmakers and poets, with positive consequences for both.²-Kurt Heintz, Director, e-poets