Archive for March 16th, 2009

2009 Ray Bradbury Writing Contest

16 March 2009

Since the inception of television our society has become increasingly more reliant on it with each generation. In this prescient novel, Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury anticipated this trend in which reality programming impacts our daily lives. Fahrenheit 451 is a reaction to a society defendant on television rather than human interaction, literature, or the fine arts. Respond to this theme of social sedation/apathy brought on by the evolution of television by entering the newly revised 25th Annual Ray Bradbury Contest. Categories include responses through writing, visual arts or multimedia. Winners will receive up to $200 in each category for Waukegan residents and $100 for non-residents. Entries will be accepted through March 20, 2009.

Winners: The winning entries will be announced and the entrants presented with awards at the Friends of the Library Annual Dinner, on April 25th, 2009. Winners will be asked to share their work.

Download complete guidelines for contest entry at

River Poets Journal Call for Submissions

16 March 2009

River Poets Journal seeking submissions for “Special Edition” in editorial collaboration with Joseph Reich, poet, philosopher, social worker, dreamer, family man…

Title: Jukebox Junction USA: a poetic history to how music moved you
Deadline: August 31, 2009

Theme: Please consider that song you recall from your adolescence and youth, which significantly and profoundly moved you from a sentimental and nostalgic point-of-view; Perhaps it was when you found out he/she liked you, when he/she broke up with you, used to just love to croon in the shower for one reason or another, loved to drive to and always heard on the radio, some life-transition, loss or abandonment, some arrested stage of development, or maybe simply just that stage of growth and development in which you may have felt unconditionally satisfied and contented.

We are interested in hearing from all backgrounds and age groups, all topographical regions, all generations and genres, which may include all the way back to good ol New Orleans Dixie Jazz, perhaps a great solo by Coltrane or Miles Davis, Doo-Wop from The Fifties, the great folk singers and rock and rollers of The Sixties; Soul, Motown, Philadelphia Sound; Wherever you may have been in The Seventies, whether it be Hard Rock, Reggae, Bubblegum Rock, Disco, All that strange (English Influenced) New Wave, Alternative, Progressive or Punk from The Eighties, Grunge or Rap in The Nineties, all the way up to the present day.

In writing your poem, please base it on one simple verse (and supply us with it). One that sentimentally and transcendentally stands out, or sticks in your mind. Take us back to that place in time from a lyrical or narrative, or psychological and social and cultural point-of-view, taking into consideration, of course, and making the effort to integrate a sense of “time and place,” atmosphere and mood.

Also, please note, in keeping with the nature and consistency of this theme, submissions will be limited solely to American songs.

This sample demographic (for eclectic purposes) will be used for your heading (as opposed to a bio) and to introduce the poem; Please submit no more than five poems.

Name of Song: Thunder Road
Name of Album: Born To Run
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Year: 1975
Setting: Far Rockaway
Love Interest: T. Rodriguez
Hometown: Muncie, Indiana
Season/Weather: Fall, brisk and drizzly
Verse: Screen door slams/Mary’s dress waves/Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays/Roy Orbison sings for the lonely/Hey, that’s me and I want you only/Don’t turn me home again, I just can’t face myself alone, again/Don’t run back inside/Darling you know just what I’m here for…

(And Then Title of Your Poem, Your Name, and Poem…)

So again, we will need 3 things:

1. Your demographics for each song
2. The verse for each individually submitted poem
3. The poem


The Deep Bowl Prize for Short Fiction

16 March 2009

Deadline: Postmarked by April 20, 2009


Send one copy of the manuscript (136-152 pages) in a plain envelope and a $20 entry fee, made payable toDeep Bowl Press, to:

Deep Bowl Press
P.O. Box 602
O’Fallon, IL 62269

via USPS only. Do not send via any other mailing service and please do not send using expedited delivery or in any form that requires a signature. Only mailed submissions can be accepted. Provide an email address on your cover letter for verification of receipt of manuscript.The manuscript should be in Times New Roman font, 12 point. Author’s name and address should appear on the Cover Page only and the manuscript should include an acknowledgments page, a table of contents, and an author biography of 75-100 words.

The manuscript should not be bound in any way. Simultaneous submissions are discouraged. We are not responsible for lost manuscripts. If you wish to track your manuscript, we suggest using delivery confirmation.All manuscripts must be submitted in English. No manuscripts will be returned, so be sure to send a copy of the original only. All manuscripts will be shredded at contest conclusion. Notification of results will be posted in July 2009.


Entrants must be 18 years old, female, legal citizens of the United States, and able to20accept the honorarium in the form of a US bank check.


The winner receives honorarium of $1,000: half payable upon signing of contract and half payable upon publication in January 2010, publication of a paperback edition, and ten copies.

Questions should be directed to:

NAOMI LONG MADGETT POETRY AWARD (African American poets only)

16 March 2009

This competition is open to African American poets only. If you have already had a book published by Lotus Press, you are ineligible. However, inclusion in a Lotus Press anthology does not disqualify you.

Any other serious African American poet, whether previously published or not, may submit a book length manuscript for consideration.

Poems submitted by another person, anthologies, or collaborations by more than one poet are not eligible.

The poems in the manuscript should total approximately 60‑90 pages, exclusive of a table of contents or other optional introductory material. Begin each poem on a new page, no matter how short it may be, and number the pages.

Poems that have been published individually in periodicals or anthologies are acceptable, but we will not consider an entire collection that has been previously published, whether self‑published or not.

Manuscripts entered in the Madgett competition may not be submitted to other publishers for general consideration but may be submitted to other competitions as long as you notify us that you have done so or plan to do so. If you are notified that your manuscript has won another competition, you MUST inform us of this immediately. Send two complete copies of your manuscript, typed or computer‑generated on white, letter‑size paper, with the pages consecutively numbered, to the address below. Do not include your name on any of the pages

Include with each copy a cover sheet which contains the title of the collection only and no other information.

On one separate sheet of paper, list: (1) the title of the manuscript; (2) your name, address, telephone number(s) and e‑mail address, if you have one; and (3) a brief statement signed with your legal name, indicating that (a) all the poems in the collection are original and uncollected (not appearing in a published volume of your work) and (b) you are an African American.

Keep a copy of your manuscript. Entries will not be returned. After the winner has been selected, all other manuscripts will be destroyed.

Enclose a stamped, self‑addressed post card so that we may acknowledge receipt of your material.

Mail your manuscript to the address below using first class priority mail.

Award entries must be received between January 2 and March 31, 2009. You willbe notified of the winner’s and the judges’ names no later than June 1, 2009. The decision of the judges is final.

The award winner will receive $500 in cash and publication of the manuscript by Lotus Press, Inc. early in 2010.

Mail material to: LOTUS PRESS, Inc., ATTN: Constance Withers, P.O. Box 21607, Detroit, MI 48221.

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