Archive for March 24th, 2009

Hip Mama Fiction Contest

24 March 2009 (go to this URL to pay entry fee online)

It’s time to make something up! ~~~ For all of you beautiful liars out there- Hip Mama is gonna be breaking some fresh ground and doing a Short Story Contest judged by Kerlin Richter and Ariel Gore.

First Prize is $100, your Short Story as the feature in issue 44, the Creativity issue, along with a profile and picture of your brilliant self, AND a Lifetime Subscription to Hip Mama (we don’t even sell lifetime subscriptions anymore).

Ten runners up will get a four issue subscription, their names and story titles in the zine and their full stories will be published online.

** what about?**
Write any short story you want. Just make sure there is a Mama in there somewhere. It can be any genre, any style, from any ol’ point of view. The only rule for content is: THERE MUST BE A MAMA IN THE STORY.

** how long?**
Keep it under 2500 words.

** where to?**
The best way is to attach your story as a word document and e-mail it to In the subject line write ‘Short Story Submission’ and your name.


Mail it old school to P.O Box 12525, Portland OR 97212.

** how much?**
$25 per story entry fee, or splurge and for $60 and I will mail back your story with comments.

Room Magazine Annual 2009 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-fiction Contest

24 March 2009

It’s that time of year again—sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop and send us your fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction contest entries.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2009.
Entry Fee: $27 per entry (includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room). Payment by cheque or money order made out to Room.
Non-Canadian entries: $39 Canadian dollars
Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2010 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.

Creative Non-Fiction: Deborah Campbell
Fiction: Mary Borsky
Poetry: Sachiko Murakami

Rules & Details:

Send entries to:
Room Contest 2009
P.O. Box 46160, Station D
Vancouver, BC V6J 5G5

More than one entry will be accepted as long as fee is paid for each entry. No manuscripts will be returned. Only winners will be notified.

Poetry: max. 3 poems or 150 lines | Fiction: max. 4,000 words

There will be blind judging, therefore, do not put your name or address on entry submission, but enclose a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number and title(s) of entry. Entries must be typed on 8.5 X 11 white paper. Prose must be double-spaced. Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

EVENT Non-Fiction Contest 2009

24 March 2009


Three winners will each receive $500 plus payment for publication in Event 38/3. Other manuscripts may be published.

Final Judge: John Burns

John Burns is executive editor of Vancouver magazine. Previously, he was managing editor and books editor of the Georgia Straight. He has worked as an editor, reporter, and freelance reviewer and broadcaster, and is currently working on this third book, a novel for teens. He teaches Writing for Magazines at Capilano and Kwantlen universities.

Our past judges include: Timothy Taylor, Keath Fraser, Myrna Kostash, Andreas Schroeder, Sharon Butala, Tom Wayman, Di Brandt, Terry Glavin, Karen Connelly and Charles Montgomery.

Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. Check your library for back issues of Event with previous winning entries and judges’ comments. Contest back issues are available from Event for $9 (CAN$13 for overseas residents). Postage and GST included.

Note: Previously published material, or material accepted elsewhere for publication, cannot be considered. Maximum entry length is 5000 words, typed, double-spaced. The writer should not be identified on the entry. Include a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, address, phone number / email, and the title(s) of the story (stories) enclosed. Include a SASE (Canadian postage / IRCs / US$1). Douglas College employees are not eligible to enter.

Entry fee: Multiple entries are allowed, however, each entry must be accompanied by a $29.95 entry fee (includes GST and a one-year subscription; make cheque or international money order payable to Event). Those already subscribing will receive a one-year extension. American and overseas entrants please pay in US dollars.

Deadline for entries: Postmarked by April 15, 2009.

Send entries to:

The Douglas College Review
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
Canada V3L 5B2
Phone: 604-527-5293 Fax: 604-527-5095


Call for Submissions for New Poetry Anthology on Collecting

24 March 2009

post added October 4th, 2008
Muse with us about the why and how of what we collect.

Proposed anthology looking for poems that draw us out of the expected and into the anthropology of collecting: Take us from the universe of small things to universal themes. Dazzle us!

bottle of dress buttons santos or bultos
spongeware bowls basket of mushrooms
heirloom seeds microscopes and maps
dreams & stars pioneer diaries

Please send up to 3 poems, each no longer than 32 lines, with a 3-5 line bio and SASE, to A. Watson, P.O. Box 370627, Denver, CO 80237. Deadline: March 31, 2009.

The First Annual Marick Press Poetry Prize Competition

24 March 2009

The First Annual Marick Press Poetry Prize competition will open for submissions on March 1, 2009. The award consists of a $1,000 cash award and publication by Marick Press.

Manuscripts must be between 48 and 80 pages in length. Poems must be original, but may have appeared in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks. Translations are not eligible for this competition. The competition is open to all poets writing in English.

Manuscripts must be postmarked by October 15th. They must be typed and should include a table of contents. The author’s name, address, email address, and telephone number should appear on the cover sheet only. Manuscripts will not be returned and will be recycled at the end of the competition. Please include a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope with your submission if you wish to be notified of the results.

Manuscripts must include a $15 entry, reading, and processing fee. Checks should be made out to Marick Press. The manuscript, along with a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification that it has been received, if so desired, should be sent to:

Marick Press Poetry Prize
P.O. Box 36253
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48236

If you send the manuscript via express mail services, the manuscript should be sent to:

Marick Press Poetry Prize
1342 Three Mile Drive
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48230

Manuscripts are screened by the editorial staff, and the Marick Press Poetry Prize 2009 will be judged by Alicia Ostriker. The winner of the Marick Press Poetry Prize will be announced March 15, 2010.


24 March 2009

Contest entries accepted October 1—March 31 of each year (postmark dates).

$1000 in annual prizes
$500 and publication for both first place prose and poetry winners
$10 Reading Fee per entry

Unpublished work only.

One entry = Maximum 5,000 word prose piece or up to three poems.

Judged blindly. Place contact information on cover sheet only.

Current students, faculty and staff of CSU or NEOMFA or former students or friends and family of the judges are not eligible.

Winners announced by June 1. Enclose SASE for results; no entries are returned.

Label envelope: WI Contest, Poetry or Fiction.

Please make $10 check payable to Whiskey Island Magazine, and mail to:

Whiskey Island Magazine
English Dept.
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44115