Archive for March 17th, 2009

The 2009 Autumn House Poetry and Fiction Contests

17 March 2009

Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Contest judged by Alicia Ostriker
Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Fiction Contest judged by Sharon Dilworth
— The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2009 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh.
— The deadline is June 30, 2009.
— We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
— All finalists will be considered for publication.
— The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Alicia Ostriker.
— The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Sharon Dilworth.
— All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible. Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
— If you wish to be informed of the results of the competition, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
— Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
— All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize” or “Fiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
— Twenty five dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
— Send manuscript and $25.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press
PO Box 60100
Pittsburgh, PA 15211


17 March 2009

ABZ will continue the ABZ Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems.

We are looking for original poetry manuscripts between 48-80 pages.

ABZ will publish the winning manuscript and award the author one thousand dollars and copies of the winning book.

The winning manuscript will be chosen by Mark Halliday.

Each manuscript must be bound only with a binder clip and bear a May or June 2009 postmark with a reading fee of $25.00 in US Dollars as a check or money order payable to ABZ PRESS. Include a table of contents, acknowledgments, and two title pages. One title page should have only the title. The second title page should have the author’s name, address, phone number with area code, and e-mail address. Please indicate any poetry books or chapbooks (with fewer than 48 pages) you may have published. Simultaneous Submissions are OK with us. Let us know if you win another prize.

Manuscripts will not be returned. Please keep a copy of your manuscript.

To receive notice of manuscript arrival, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.
To receive notice of contest results, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

The reading fee entitles entrant to one copy of the winning book. To receive a copy of the winning book, include a 7×10 envelope with a USA address and $2.59 in USA postage.

Send manuscript to: ABZ Poetry Prize, ABZ Press, PO Box 2746, Huntington WV 25727-2746. If your poetry entry is a finalist, we will ask you to send us a second copy of your manuscript.

The Willow Springs Fiction Prize

17 March 2009

$1,000 plus publication in Willow Springs

Submission deadline: April 1, 2009

Include a $15.00 entry fee. Submissions without an entry fee will not be judged.

Send only one story per submission.

Use a check or money order only; cash will not be accepted. Please make the checks and money orders payable to Willow Springs.

Submissions should be typed. Handwritten submissions will not be judged and the entry fee will not be refunded.

Submissions must be 7,000 words or fewer.

Your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as a short bio, should appear in a cover letter included with your submission.

Do not include identifying information anywhere else in your submission.

Submit only original, unpublished work. Contest entries may neither be previously published nor simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

Do not send an SASE.

Don’t send us your only copies—manuscripts will not be returned.

If you would like confirmation that your work has been received, include a self-adressed, stamped postcard instead.

Entries for both awards must be postmarked by April 1, 2009.

Please send entries to:

The Willow Springs Fiction Prize
Willow Springs
501 N Riverpoint Blvd, Ste 425
Spokane, WA 99202

All contest entrants will receive the Willow Springs issue containing the award-winning works. We look forward to receiving your entries. Good luck!

American Short(er) Fiction Prize

17 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.
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