Archive for April 3rd, 2009


3 April 2009

A nationwide competition for creative writers aged 15-18. Entries accepted during the month of April in the genres of poetry and prose.
Prize in each category: $250 and a full tuition scholarship to the 2009 Young Writers Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

To enter in poetry: send no more than 2 poems (limit of 25 lines each) per entrant, along with an entry fee of $5.

To enter in prose (fiction or essay): send one essay or story (no more 1000 words) per entrant, along with an entry fee of $5.

To enter in both poetry and prose: send no more than 2 poems (limit of 25 lines each) and one essay or story (of no more than 1000 words) per entrant, along with an entry fee of $10. Entries longer than the limits listed above will be returned, along with their entry fees.

Entrants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

All entries must be typed on white 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Do not put your name on your entries. Include a separate cover sheet with the following information on it: your name, home address, phone number, e- mail address, date of birth, and the name and address of your high school. Checks or money orders to cover the entry fee should be made out to SIUC, with “Young Writers Workshop” written in the check’s memo line. Please do not send cash. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for contest results. No entries will be returned, so please keep copies of the work you send. No e-mail or faxed submissions will be accepted.

Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony during the annual Young Writers Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a five-day, co-ed, residential creative writing workshop for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in developing their skills in the writing of poetry and prose. If a prizewinner cannot attend the Workshop, the prize will not be awarded to that winner. Travel costs to and from the Workshop are the responsibility of the winner. Previous award winners cannot enter again.

The Young Writers Workshop will be held in 2009 from June 23 to June 27, 2009.

To enter, send your submissions, postmarked from April 1 to April 30, 2009, to:

The Younkin-Rivera Prizes for Young Writers
Allison Joseph, Director
The Young Writers Workshop
Department of English
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Faner Hall 2380–Mail Code 4503
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Questions only:

Winners will be announced at the end of May 2009.

Twelfth Annual BR Poetry Contest

3 April 2009

Deadline: June 1, 2009
Judge: Rae Armantrout
First Prize: $1,500

Complete guidelines:
The winning poet will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the November/December 2009 issue of Boston Review. Submit up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total. Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, or close personal friend of the judge. Manuscripts must be submitted in duplicate, with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number; names should not be on the poems themselves. Simultaneous submissions are allowed if we are notified of acceptance elsewhere. Submissions will not be returned. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review, must accompany all submissions. Submissions must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2009. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Boston Review, beginning with the November/December 2009 issue. The winner will be announced no later than November 1, 2009, on the Boston Review Web site. All poems submitted to the contest will be considered for publication in the Boston Review. Send entries to:

Poetry Contest, Boston Review,
35 Medford St., Suite 302,
Somerville, MA 02143

Poetry International Prize 2009

3 April 2009

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. Sandra Alcosser will judge.

Submit up to three poems with a $10 entry fee by April 15, 2009. (Entrants may submit additional poems for a charge of $3 per poem.) The winner will be announced on our website in the fall of 2009.


Provide your contact information & titles of all poems submitted, on the title page.
Author name and information should appear only on the title page.
No handwritten entries, please.
Please make your entry easy to read no illustrations, fancy fonts or decorative borders.
Simultaneous Submission Allowed: You may submit your poems simultaneously. Please contact us if we need to withdraw your poem(s) because they have been accepted elsewhere.
Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.

A Note to Previous Poetry International Prize Contestants: You are welcome to enter this year’s contest, whether or not you won a prize in the previous year.

The Akron Series in Poetry

3 April 2009

The Akron Series in Poetry was founded to bring to the public writers who speak in original and compelling voices. Each year, The University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,000 and publication of his or her book. The final selection will be made by a nationally prominent poet. The final judge for 2009 is Martín Espada. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series.

Guidelines for Submission
1. Manuscripts must be typed and consecutively numbered, for a total length of at least 48 pages. Clear photocopies are acceptable. Please, do not send manuscripts bound or enclosed in covers.
2. Manuscripts must include a cover page (with author’s name, address, phone number, and manuscript title), a title page (with no biographical information), and an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in periodicals. Please do not submit manuscripts that have the author’s name on each page. Manuscripts go to the final judge blind.
3. Manuscripts must be postmarked between May 1 and June 15 of each year. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but The University of Akron Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
4. An entry fee of $25 is required for each manuscript submission. Make check or money order payable to The University of Akron Press. The canceled check will serve as notification of receipt.
5. Contest results will be posted on our website by September 30. No manuscripts can be returned.
6. Books accepted for the Akron Series in Poetry must exhibit three essential qualities: mastery of language, maturity of feeling, and complexity of thought. The University of Akron Press is committed to publishing poetry that, as Robert Frost said, “begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” Intimate friends, relatives, current and former students of the final judge (students in an academic, degree-conferring program or its equivalent) are not eligible to enter the 2009 Akron Poetry Prize competition.

Send manuscripts to:
The Akron Poetry Prize
The University of Akron Press
Akron, OH 44325-1703

Further Information:
For further questions on the submission of manuscripts to the UAP poetry series, contact:
Series Editor Mary Biddinger
University of Akron Press
Akron, OH 44325-1703


3 April 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.

Poetry Rivals Contest

3 April 2009

Details available here: