Archive for March 12th, 2009

2009 Robert Watson Poetry Award

12 March 2009

Spring Garden Press and The Greensboro Review invite submissions for the Robert Watson Poetry Award chapbook competition. Submission must be received between 1 October and 2 April. The winning manuscript will be announced in October 2009 and will be awarded with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook. The edition is limited to 500 copies, fifty of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through Spring Garden Press.

Submission guidelines

Please submit a collection of poems not exceeding 24 pages—including title page, dedication, epigraph, brief bio, and acknowledgments. Each page may contain a maximum of 30 lines of copy, including stanza spacing. The cover page should contain, on a single detachable page, the manuscript title, author’s name, address, phone number, and email address. The author’s name should not appear on any of the poems. Please provide a table of contents.

NOTE: Poems may have appeared in journals or anthologies but not as part of a book-length collection.

All entrants receive a 1-year subscription to The Greensboro Review or, if they are already subscribers, a 1-year subscription extension.

There is a $10 entry fee for online submissions, $12 if you submit by post.

Submitting online

To enter the contest electronically, visit

Submitting by post
Please send your manuscript and a $12 check payable to Spring Garden Press to:

Spring Garden Press
5603B West Friendly Avenue
Suite 283
Greensboro, NC 27410

Also include a #10 SASE for notification of the winner. Manuscripts must be postmarked between 1 October 2008 and 2 April 2009; those postmarked before or after will be discarded. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Small print

Contest manuscripts are screened by the editors of Spring Garden Press as well as qualified readers appointed by the Press. The final selection is made by a poet of distinguished achievement, who remains anonymous until the winner is announced in October.

Spring Garden Press subscribes to the principles laid out in the Contest Code of Ethics adopted by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).

For more information: Spring Garden Press · 5603 B West Friendly Avenue · Suite 283 · Greensboro, North Carolina 27410-4252

2009 Poetry & Flash Fiction Contests: Many Mountains Moving

12 March 2009

* Open to all poets and writers whose work is in English.
* Entries may not be previously or simultaneously published.
* All MMM staff members and family of staff members areineligible.

* $250 cash prize for the best poem & $250 cash prize for the best flash fiction.
* Publication in the 2009-2010 MMM print annual.
* Finalists in each genre will also be considered for publication.

Postmark deadline— May 16, 2009.
Winners announced by September, 2010.

Anonymous judging:
* Do not put your name on your work(s). All entries will be read anonymously.
* Include in your cover letter: (i) your name, (ii) e-mail address and phone number(s), (iii) mailing address, & (iv) the title(s) and genre of your submission.
* If you enter in both categories, please send them in separate envelopes.
* Mark “poetry contest” or “fiction contest” on the envelope.
* Mss. cannot be returned; do not send your only copies.
* Include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to receive the announcement of the winners.
* NEW REQUIREMENT: paper entries must be sent in duplicate.

Entry Fees:
$15 for as many as 5 poems per entry (total submission cannot exceed 10 pages).
$15 for as many as 2 flash fictions (or short-short story under 1,000 words, typed double-spaced).

Entrants get a free subscription!
Make checks payable to: Many Mountains Moving.

Final Flash Fiction Judge: TBA
Final Poetry Judge: Patricia Smith

Send to:
Many Mountains Moving
(Poetry or Flash Fiction) Contest
1705 Lombard St.
Phila. PA 19146

Or via e-mail, send an attachment (RTF, Word, WordPerfect or PDF) to without any identification in the ms. itself. Then send a paper cover letter along with a check for $15 exactly as you would with a regular paper submission. (See above). Ms. will be acknowledged as received as soon as the check arrives.

Teresa A. White Literary Award

12 March 2009

$500 and public-radio broadcast feature for 500 (or fewer) words!

Quiddity international literary journal and public-radio program is pleased to announce the Teresa A. White Literary Award. The 2009 award is affectionately referred to as the “buck-a-word” contest.

First Prize: $500 and publication in the Spring/Summer 2010 print issue of Quiddity as well as public-radio broadcast (via WUIS, NPR member and PRI affiliate)

Honorable mentions may also be offered publication and broadcast.

Contest begins March 1, 2009, and ends August 1, 2009 (postmark deadline).

Submit one work of prose totaling no more than 500 words (title included) as well as $12 payable to Quiddity.

U.S. submissions should include both an email address and a self-addressed, business-size (#10), stamped envelope (SASE). International submissions should include an email address to which an electronic reply may be sent.

Work should be previously unpublished; simultaneous submissions with immediate notification are okay, but the contest awards only for FNASR, so works accepted elsewhere will be withdrawn from consideration, and please note: the entry fee will not be returned.

All entries must be typed and must include a cover letter with author’s name and contact information (address, telephone, and email address) as well as the title and word count of the work submitted. The author’s name or any identifying information should not appear on the manuscript

Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered, and entry fees are not refundable.

All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in the journal.

Winners will be announced by September 1, 2009.

Mail entries to

2009 Teresa A. White Literary Award
1500 North Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702

Babel Fruit Call for Submissions

12 March 2009

Babel Fruit online journal is currently inviting submissions of poems and short prose for the Summer/Fall issue.
We are looking for work that shows what happens “under the influence of the other”.

Take a look at previous issues to see what we mean. (Note that the Winter/Spring Issue had a section of poets under the influence of poets—we won’t be doing that this time around.)
The Winter/Spring Issue included work by Janet McCann, Karla Huston, Jessica LaFortune,
Erika Dreifus, Barbara Crooker, Martha Silano, J.D. Smith, Joan Mazza, Bill Sullivan,
William Haas, Maria D. Laso, Alex Cigale, Bethany Fitzpatrick, Thomas Truelove,
Louis Gallo, Frederick Lord, Martha Meltzer, Nicole Wilson and Monica Raymond.
Featured poets: Rachel Dacus, Suzanne Frischkorn, Mya Guarnieri, Teresa Chuc Dowell, and Jaime Brunton.
Prose: Timothy Reilly, Joseph Schwartz, John Matthew New, Jacqueline White, George Berguño and Kristy Athens.

Please read our guidelines before submitting.

Send all submissions to