Archive for April 13th, 2009

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize Call for Submissions 2009

13 April 2009

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.

Manuscripts are judged anonymously by nationally known writers; past judges have included Robert Penn Waren, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Rick Moody and Joan Didion. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract.

The winner will be announced by the University Press in January. No information about the winner will be released before the official announcement. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Please do not call or e-mail the Press.


1. The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national distribution. On-line publication does not count toward this requirement.
2. The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States.
3 University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current students, and those who have been students within the last three years are not eligible for the award.
4. Translations are not eligible if the translation was not done by the author.
5. Eligible submissions include a manuscript of short stories; one or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages.
6. Stories or novellas previously published in book form as part of an anthology are eligible.

Format for Submissions

1. Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced on quality white paper, unbound, and pages must be numbered consecutively. Clean, legible photocopies on high quality white paper are acceptable.
2. Each submission must include a list of the writer’s published short fiction work, with full citations.
3. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Each manuscript should have two cover pages: one listing the title of the manuscript and the author’s name, address, e-mail address (if available), and telephone number; and a second listing only the manuscript title. The author’s name, other identifying information, and publication information must not appear after the first cover page.
4. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Multiple Submissions

1. Manuscripts may also be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify the Press.
2. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as one manuscript or a portion thereof does not duplicate material submitted in another manuscript.

Dates for Submission

Manuscripts must be received during May and June 2009. That is, they must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.

Send submissions to:
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
University of Pittsburgh Press
3400 Forbes Avenue
Eureka Building, Fifth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

SAKURA REVIEW Call for Submissions

13 April 2009

SAKURA REVIEW is reading poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its next issue.

About Sakura Review:
Situated in the District of Columbia and run by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, Sakura Review publishes poetry and prose; we are particularly interested in – though not limited to – work that in some way satisfies or reflects our own preoccupation with a city embodied in location temporary; the new surrounded by collections and artifacts; what is documented alongside what is ultimately forgotten.

In addition to publishing the most striking and exciting new material that we can get our hands on, Sakura Review is also an endeavor of design. In accordance with a strong aesthetic perspective, we aim to construct a physical item of interest and creativity that incites a response equivalent to the work it contains. Moreover, we see it as our obligation to surprise, entertain, and perplex (if possible) in any manner that we see fit.

Submission Guidelines:
The submission deadline for our Spring 2009 issue is April 15th.
· Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are fine, if noted (but please notify us immediately if the work is accepted somewhere else).
· For prose, please submit only one manuscript at a time. The preferred maximum length is 2,500 words. For poetry, please submit no more than five poems, a maximum of 10 pages in one document, at one time.
· Please submit your work as a Word attachment to Your genre – poetry or prose – should appear in the subject field.

Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

2009 Juked Fiction and Poetry Prizes

13 April 2009

We are currently accepting entries for our 2009 JukedFiction and Poetry Prizes. Winners in each of the genres will receive $500 and publication in print issue #7. Our final judges this year are Dan Chaon (fiction) and Dora Malech (poetry). This year we will also accept electronic submissions to help everyone cut down on costs.

Submission Guidelines:

First prize for each genre: $500 and publication in our upcoming print issue, Juked #7.

Current and former students of the judges are not eligible to compete.

Fiction: send one story per entry. There is no length requirement.

Poetry: send up to five poems (no more than ten pages total) per entry.

Entries must be previously unpublished.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Fee is $10 per entry. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Include a cover page with your name, address, e-mail, telephone number and the title(s) of your story or poems. Do not put your name anywhere else on the manuscript.

We will notify via e-mail;do not include an SASE.

Results will be announced in October 2009.

Submitting by Mail:

Include entry fee, cash or check or money order, payable to Juked.

Indicate “Fiction” or “Poetry” on the front of the envelope.

Manuscripts will not be returned; they will be placed gently in the recycling bin.

Postmark deadline is August 31st, 2009.

Mail to:
110 Westridge Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Submitting by E-Mail: go to for details on submitting via e-mail


13 April 2009

We’re pleased to announce our spring 2009 chapbook contest. Winner receives $250 and 25 copies (additional copies available at a 30 percent discount). The final judge will be editor of THE JOURNAL and award-winning poet Kathy Fagan. Her books include The Charm, Moving & St. Rage, and The Raft, a National Poetry Series selection.

Please submit 20-30 pages of your best writing (any genre) to:

Chapbook Contest
Attn: Okla Elliott
Ohio Wesleyan University
English Dept.
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015

We read manuscripts blind, so please include a separate cover sheet with your name, address, email, and phone number, being sure to exclude any identifying information from the manuscript itself.

Please include a check or money order (payable to “NEW AMERICAN PRESS”) in the amount of $12 for each submission. Multiple submissions are fine.

Postmark deadline: May 15, 2009.

2009 Anderbo Poetry Prize

13 April 2009

Now in its 4th year!

Winner receives: $500 cash
Publication on

Judged by William Logan

2009 Contest Assistant: Anderbo Poetry Editor Charity Burns

–Poems should be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the poet’s name and contact information on the upper right corner of each poem
–Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2009
–Limit six poems per poet
–Poet must not have been previously published on
–Mail submissions to:
Anderbo Poetry Prize,
270 Lafayette Street,
Suite 1412,
New York, NY 10012
–Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
–Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to RRofihe
–Winner and honorable mentions will be published on in February of 2010

2009 RRofihe Trophy

13 April 2009

For an unpublished short story (up to 5,000 words)
Winner Receives: $500 cash, Trophy, Publication in Open City
Judged by Rick Rofihe
2009 Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey
Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink

–Stories should be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the author’s name and contact information on the first page and name and story title on the upper right corner of remaining pages.
–Submissions must be postmarked by October 15, 2009
–Limit one submission per author
–Author must not have been previously published in Open City
–Mail submissions to RRofihe, 270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1412, New York, NY 10012
–Enclose self addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All manuscripts are non-returnable and will be recycled.
–Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to RRofihe

Rick Rofihe is the author of Father Must, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Spy, and The East Hampton Star, and on A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught writing at Columbia University and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y. He currently teaches privately. He is the editor of the new online literary journal,