Archive for April 20th, 2009

The 3rd Annual Hotmetalpress Chapbook Contest

20 April 2009
Our prize is $350 and 20 free copies. We also want to send every entrant a copy of the winning collection.
Page Limit: 32 pages
Fee: $20.00
Deadline: end of May 2009

If you are looking for clues as to what we look for a winner, we wish you luck because our selections are unpredictable and eclectic. We like to take risks if the poems interest us. We do not know what poems will interest us either until we see the poems.

Please make out a check for $20 to Hotmetalpress. Send it to Carole Towers; 1173 Sea Eagle Watch; Charleston SC; 29412.

Judged by the staff. Please send a copy of your manuscript in a word document. Your work will be read upon receipt of your check.
The entry rules:
Single spaced poems in 12pt Courier. Attach title page with your name, address, telephone, and email. 32 page maximum limit including title, content page, acknowledgments, and pages. Anything with more pages will be eliminated.

Diverse Voices Quarterly Call for Submissions

20 April 2009 is a new online literary journal looking for submissions from all walks of life.

Deadline for consideration into the first issue is MAY 1, 2009.

Submission guidelines are:

Poetry: 3-5 poems, 40 lines MAX. Please send in one file, separated by a page break between poems.

Short stories: 3,000 words MAX. You may submit up to two short shorts that add up to 1,000 words. If sending two shorts, please send two separate files.

Personal essays/creative nonfiction: 3,000 words MAX. Send only one essay at a time.

Artwork accepted in .jpg or .png format. Send only two images at a time.

–Simultaneous submissions are accepted but multiple submissions are not.
–We will not read any material previously published online; this includes works published in other online journals or from any message board or blogs.
–While we will read submissions from everyone, the work MUST BE in English.
–Be sure to include your last name and type of submission in the subject line (Example: Kaling – Short Story Submission).
–Include a cover letter, a short bio, and your complete contact information in the body of the e-mail.
–Only attachments are accepted, either as MS Word (.doc or .rtf) or WordPerfect (.wpd) files. Pasted-in submissions WILL BE deleted.
–Send your submissions to:

Professional Writers of Prescott, AZ Annual Writing Contest

20 April 2009

For complete guidelines and a required entry form, see

Entries must be original writing that has never been published in any format. Sorry, no erotica or children’s stories.

Fiction and *non-fiction entries are not to exceed 3,000 words. Works in excess of 3,000 words will be disqualified. Word count must appear on the first page of the manuscript. Poetry must not exceed 5 poems with a five page total.

*Non-fiction includes: literary journalism, travel writing, essay, humor writing, feature writing, and memoir.

An entry fee of $10 must accompany each entry with an additional $10 if you wish to have that entry critiqued. Make checks or money orders payable to Professional Writers of Prescott.

Format: Fiction & non-fiction manuscripts must be double-spaced. All entries including poetry must be typed with one-inch margins using standard 12 point typefaces such as Times New Roman or Courier. The header on every page must contain only the title and the page number. Do NOT use the author’s name anywhere on the manuscript. Names should only appear on the contest entry form.

Three copies of the manuscript must be submitted. Include SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) in order to have your manuscript or your critique returned or to find out the results of the contest. Be sure to use sufficient postage for return mail.

Finalist Judges are Susan Lang (fiction) and Laraine Herring (poetry) of Yavapai College and Melanie Bishop (nonfiction) of Prescott College, all widely published MFA-credentialed English instructors.

No e-mailed manuscripts will be accepted. We will not print them out for judges.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked on or before Saturday, May 30, 2009. Winners will be announced by the end of September.

Prizes: The following prizes will be awarded in each category: First place, $100, second place $50, third place $25. Winners will be announced by September 15, 2009. Winner names will be published in the PWP newsletter, on the PWP website, and in general PWP publicity. Winners are invited to read their entries at the November PWP meeting in Prescott, Arizona.

For complete guidelines and a required entry form, see

All writers welcome.

Great Lakes Novel Contest & Prize

20 April 2009

Believing in the value of life and writing in the Great Lakes Region, Bottom Dog Press, Inc. and Drinian Press, LLC announce the Great Lakes Novel Prize. The winning entry in this contest receives a prize of $350 (USD), publication, and a royalty contract. Additionally, a second finalist may be named to receive publication and a royalty contract. The writer must live in the Great Lakes Region and the novel must be set there. Send hard copy of unpublished novel (40,000 ‐ 80,000 wds.) along with $20 handling fee to Great Lakes Novel Prize, Drinian Press, PO Box 63, Huron, OH 44839 between Sept.. 1 and October 31, 2009. Include one cover sheet with title, name and address, and second cover with only book title. Name should not appear in the manuscript. Final judging will be by established novelist. For full guidelines visit: Bottom Dog Press, Inc. ( and/or Drinian Press, LLC (

• Writing must be set in the Great Lakes Region by an author presently living in the Great Lakes Region. We are defining that region as including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Western New York State, and Western Pennsylvania as well as the Province of Ontario.
• Submission must be an unpublished work of fiction, written in English, either a novel or composite novel (collection of interrelated short stories). Length: 40,000 ‐ 80,000 words (150 to 300 pages)
• The contest is open to all writers in English, published or unpublished, who live within the defined region. No one directly connected with Drinian or Bottom Dog Presses may enter the contest.
• Entries must be postmarked during the months of September and October 2009. Entries postmarked after October 31, 2009 will not be accepted.

Send to: Great Lakes Novel Prize, Drinian Press, PO Box 63, Huron, OH 44839

• Manuscripts must be typed. Clear photocopies of typed manuscripts are also acceptable. Do not send your only copy. *Manuscripts cannot be returned.
• Final judging is by an established novelist and will be conducted anonymously. Your name and other identifying material may only appear on the cover page and nowhere else in the manuscript. Your submission should include a cover sheet with name, street and email addresses, and phone numbers and a separate title page which ONLY lists title and approx. word count.
• Please include a nonrefundable handling fee of $20.00 (U.S. dollars) for each manuscript (US check or money order payable to Drinian Press, LLC). You may include a stamped, self‐addressed postcard to confirm receipt of your manuscript, and a stamped, self‐addressed business‐sized envelope if you wish to be notified concerning the results. Bottom Dog and Drinian Presses assume no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Manuscripts will not be returned.
• The winner will be announced on February 15, 2010; book published that spring.
•All authors who enter will receive a copy of the published book.
• Endorsed by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.

Lyrical Hit Makers Flash Fiction Contest

20 April 2009


Limit 1 previously unpublished story of 700 words or less per entry. Seeking high quality short shorts. Competition is fierce. No restrictions on genre. If Entering online please type “FLASH FICTION” in email subject line to avoid deletion. Enter as often as you like by email or snail mail, 1 story per submission but you can make 1 total payment by paypal, US check or US money order.


Winners and Honorable Mentions will be posted on website.

By snail mail, please send a cover letter with your name, brief bio, address, email, phone and title of your work along with your accompanying anonymous copy of your submission with title. Confirmation will be sent by email once payment has been received.

No attachments please. Requires one time electronic rights and possibly publication reprint rights.

Entry Fee: $ 3 per story

Open November 22, 2008 – June 23, 2009

1st Place Prize – $ 150.00 (US) & Certificate
$ 40.00
$ 10.00

Only previously unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the contest.