Archive for April 5th, 2009

“More Than a Few Good Men” Anthology Call for Submissions

5 April 2009

Do you have a compelling story to tell about a defining moment in your life? The editors of More Than a Few Good Men are sponsoring a national writing contest and are accepting submissions from March 1 through May 1. The contest is open to men ages 35 to 60. Each writer should submit an original essay focused on a defining moment in his life, when the challenges of childhood, coming of age, work, relationships, fatherhood or death caused a fundamental change in his understanding of himself as a man. Essays should be from 1,000 to 3,000 words long and written in the first person. More Than a Few Good Men is an anthology of essays about what it means to be a man in America today. Contributors include such accomplished writers as Mad Men creator Matt Wiener, Memoires of a Geisha novelist Arthur Golden, and Not That You Asked essayist Steve Almond. An NFL Hall of Famer, a former Sing Sing inmate, a one-time Wall Street wunderkind, and a photojournalist embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq are among the other contributors. More Than a Few Good Men will be published in spring 2010. All proceeds from the book will benefit the Good Men Foundation, a charitable organization founded to support men and boys at risk. For more information about the book, the contributors or the contest, visit

Southern Women’s Review Call for Submissions

5 April 2009

Southern Women’s Review is currently seeking submissions. Please submit your poetry/prose, fiction, creative nonfiction/memoirs, or photography along with contributor’s notes between August 1, 2009 to October 31, 2009 to Please include type of submission in the subject line.

Visit for detailed editorial guidelines. Note: Your submission gives us permission to use your work extensively online. At this time, we do not pay upon publication.

About Us

This on-line literary journal was inspired by the biennial Berry College Southern Women Writer’s Conference—a conference whose theme we share: “showcasing the works of well known and emerging southern women writers, expanding the literary canon, and developing critical and theoretical understandings of traditions and innovations in southern women’s writing” (

Whether you are a born and bred Southerner, a Southern transplant, or merely a frequent visitor, we welcome you to submit your poetry/prose, fiction, creative nonfiction/memoirs, and photography. Submissions should be from women who were born in or grew up in the U.S. South; currently live in the U.S. South; or write about the U.S. South. For editorial purposes, we consider the U.S. South to be a region comprised of the following areas: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Maryland, Washington DC, and West Virginia.

Fiction Chapbook Competition

5 April 2009


You may submit stories that have been published previously as long as your manuscript has
never been published. If your manuscript is currently under consideration elsewhere, you must
be prepared to withdraw it from the other press immediately if accepted by Flume Press. Please include the appropriate acknowledgments for any published stories.


Manuscripts should be 10-12,000 words, not including title, contents, and acknowledgments pages. A single story or a collection of short shorts is acceptable. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone, and e-mail address and total word count. Do not put your name on each manuscript page.

A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) is necessary for results notification. The editors provide comments for all semifinalists and finalists.

The $20 (US) Reading Fee will be used to provide the cash prize to the winner and help to produce the winning chapbook. Flume is a nonprofit press.

Deadline for submission: December 1, 2009. All manuscripts must be postmarked by this date. Manuscripts with SASE will be returned and the winner announced by June 2010.

Final Judges

The winner will be selected by final judges Rob Davidson, author of Field Observations, and Paul Eggers, author of Saviors and How the Water Feels.


The winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of the chapbook. (Authors may purchase additional copies at a 50% discount.) Average print run is 500 copies. Flume advertises the winning chapbook in national literary magazines following publication.


We are interested in serious literary fiction only, contemporary work that is well-crafted and emotionally engaging. No “genre” fiction (e.g., sentimental romance, sci-fi, horror) please.

Sample Copies

If you would like a sample copy, please mail $8 plus $2 shipping to
Flume Press at CSU, Chico, 400 W. First St., Chico, CA 95929-0830.

2009 Fiction Chapbook Contest – Deadline Dec. 1.

Mississippi Review Poetry Series

5 April 2009


A new poetry book contest in which three poetry collections will be selected and published in January 2010. Three prizes of $1000 will be awarded.

The Mississippi Review Poetry Series is an annual contest awarding three publication prizes for book-length poetry manuscripts. It is open to all poets working in English except current or former students or employees of Southern Miss. There will be three $1000 prizes and we will produce three full-length (48-64 page) paperback perfect-bound books. Each will bear the cover price of $12 but the three winning books will be packaged as a set for MR subscribers. Each winner will receive the cash prize plus 100 copies of his or her book as payment. Manuscripts may total no more than 56 pages of poetry. Fee is $25 per entry, payable to Mississippi Review. There is no limit on the number of entries an author may submit. Each entrant will receive a set of the three prize-winning books. No manuscripts will be returned. Postmark deadline: August 1, 2009. Winners announced: September 2009. Publication scheduled: January 2010. With questions call 601.266.5600. Please put MR Poetry Series, name, address, phone, e-mail, and title on page one of entry. Send to:

Mississippi Review Poetry Series
118 College Drive # 5144
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001


5 April 2009
(go to website to download entry form)

1. 3500 word limit.
2. Use double spacing throughout the entire story.
3. Put title of story and page number on every page.
4. Do not put author’s name on any page of the manuscript.
5. On a separate cover sheet put the title, author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address if you have one.
6. Also submit the entry form and a check for $15 (for each entry) made out to: KWWG Short Story Contest.
7. Please submit three (3) copies of each story.
8. Submissions may be brought to a Guild meeting on the 2nd and 4thSaturday of each month upstairs at Kelly’s Restaurant, 303 Whitehead St, Key West, 10am to noon.
9. Or they may be mailed to:

KWWG Short Story Contest
c/o Dan DIStasio
923 White Street
Key West, FL 33040

10. For information call or email Dan Di Stasio, or Marguerite Gardner,
11. Information and printable Entry Form are also available at
12. Deadline is April 30, 2009. No late entries will be accepted.

Winners will be announced at the end of May 2009.

Remarriage in Midlife Call for Submissions (Women Only)

5 April 2009

Personal stories needed for self-help book: Remarriage in Midlife: 10 Things Women Over 50 Should Think About Before Saying I Do a Second—or Third—Time! Author (and FFWA member) Catherine Rain invites midlife women writers approaching and/or over the age of 50 who have contemplated a midlife remarriage, or made one, to send in first-person stories about their experiences. Stories needed in these areas: Reasons for marrying in midlife as well as staying single; Working through financial issues including prenuptial agreements; Learning to live with a man again; Sharing decision-making power; Step-family issues for midlife couples; Working with/around Exes, including toxic and troublesome types; Establishing new traditions; Merging households; Life stage/empty nest; and Personal growth. If your story does not fit these areas, but you think it is something midlife women should know, beware of, avoid, or celebrate, send it anyway. The book’s tone is upbeat and proactive. Writers’ stories will be used anecdotally as examples of the book’s narrative. No payment, as the book is targeted to a small press. However, I will credit you as a contributor, and anyone whose story is used will receive a copy of the book when published. Since stories may be personal in nature, please let me know if you want me to use a pseudonym and/or to change any details that might reveal your identity. In all cases, I will use first names only. Submit stories to

Deadline: May 20, 2009.
Double-space submissions and provide contact information.