Archive for April 21st, 2009

The MacGuffin’s 14th National Poet Hunt Contest

21 April 2009

Judged by Thomas Lynch
First Place Prize $500
*Two Honorable Mentions*

Contest Rules
1. Each entrant will receive one FREE issue of The MacGuffin that includes the 14th National Poet Hunt winners.
2. Staff members and their families are not eligible to participate.
3. An entry consists of five poems.
4. Poems must be typed on sheets of 8½ x 11” paper. Clean photocopies are acceptable. DO NOT place name and address on submissions. Entries can also be made electronically as an MS Word document on a 3½” disk or CD (PC format recommended).
5. Each entrant must include a 3 x 5 index card that includes poem titles and the contestant’s name, address, daytime telephone number, and email address.
6. There is a $15.00 entry fee. Please send check or money order payable to “Schoolcraft College.” Please do not send cash.
7. Poems must not be previously published, and must be the original work of the contestant. Poems may be under consideration elsewhere. The MacGuffin reserves the right to disqualify a work that is accepted elsewhere.
8. No entries will be returned.
9. Entrants wishing to receive a list of winners should send a stamped SASE.
10. Entries must be postmarked between April 1, 2009 and June 3, 2009.

Mail entries to:
The MacGuffin/Poet Hunt Contest
Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152

Winners will be announced in September 2009

First Place and Honorable Mention poems will be published in a future issue of The MacGuffin.

The MacGuffin reserves the right not to award any Honorable Mentions.

The 31st Nimrod Awards

21 April 2009

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

First Place: $2,000, publication, and a trip to Tulsa for the Awards Celebration


Contest Rules

Contest Begins: JANUARY 1, 2009
Postmark Deadline: APRIL 30, 2009

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).
Fiction: 7,500 words maximum.

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone & email. “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts will not be returned. Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s Web site. Submitters must have a U.S. address by October of 2008 to enter the contest. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October.

Entry/Subscription Fee: $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to:

Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

E.M. Koeppel $1,100 Short Fiction Award

21 April 2009

Annual Awards for Unpublished Fiction in Any Style, Any Theme


First Place Award: $1,100.
Editors’ Choices: $100 each.

Maximum Length: 3,000 WORDS. Stories must be unpublished.
Annual Submission Period: Between Oct. 1 and April 30. (Postmark Deadline, April 30)

Award winning fiction writers are the judges.
No limit on number of stories entered by any one writer.

The winning short story and editors’ choices will be published on and are eligible for inclusion in the permanent website anthology. (By submitting work to this contest, authors give permission to Writecorner Press to publish the award winning stories and editors’ choices on the website. Authors retain all other rights to their works.)

How to Submit:

Send one (1) typed copy of the story with two (2) typed title pages. Only the title may appear on the first title page. No other kinds of identification may appear on this title page or on the manuscript which will used in judging. (Keep a copy. No manuscripts will be returned.)

On the second title page, list:

Title of the Story
Author’s name, address, phone number
E-mail address optional
Short bio – about 4 lines

Entry Fee: $15 for a single story and $10 for each additional story.

No e-mail entries accepted.

Mail submission with check (no cash). If outside the USA, send a money order in US funds (no cash or20foreign funds) to:
Koeppel Contest
P.O. Box 140310
Gainesville, FL 32614

P.L. Titus Scholarship:

If the winning story is by anyone attending college, university, or school when the story is submitted, the winner will receive, in addition to the $1,100 award, the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship. (Proof of attendance is required.)

2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

21 April 2009


Award: Winner receives $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press, 15 copies of the book and a feature reading. Two finalists receive introductory readings.
Final Judge: Yusef Komunyakaa. Judge reserves the right not to select a winner.

Eligibility: African American writers who have not had a full‐length book of poetry published by a professional press. Authors of chapbooks and self‐published books with a maximum print run of 500 may apply. Simultaneous submission to other awards should be noted: immediate notice upon winning an award is required.

Deadline: Reading period begins March 16, 2009. Manuscripts must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2009, and received in Cave Canem’s office no later than May 8, 2009, 5 pm. To be notified that your manuscript has been received, enclose a stamped, self‐addressed postcard.

Winner announced in September 2009.

Entry Fee: $15. Enclose check with submission, made payable0to Cave Canem Foundation.

Entry fees are non‐refundable.

Direct packet to:
Cave Canem Foundation
Cave Canem Poetry Prize
584 Broadway, Suite 508
New York, New York 10012


Send three copies of a single manuscript. One manuscript per poet allowed. Enclose a stamped, self‐addressed envelope to receive notification of results. Author’s name should not appear on any pages within the manuscript. Copy One must include a title page with the author’s brief bio (200 words, maximum) and contact information: author’s name, postal address, e‐mail address and telephone number. Copies Two and Three must include a cover sheet with the title only. Manuscript must be typed single sided with a minimum font size of 11, paginated and 50‐75 pages in length. A poem may be multiple pages, but no more than one poem per page is permitted. Manuscript must include a table of contents and list of acknowledgments of previously published poems. Manuscript must be unbound. Use a binder clip—do not staple or fold. Do not include illustrations or images of any kind. Manuscripts not adhering to submission guidelines willC2be discarded without notice to sender. Due to the volume of submissions, manuscripts will not be returned. Post‐submission revisions or corrections are not permitted.


21 April 2009

Deadline: April 30, 2009 (postmark).
Prizes: 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50; 4th: $25 and up to 4 Honorable Mentions.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED on the last day of the AWC Conference at the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hotel, Birmingham, Alabama on JULY 19, 2009.

Contest Rules: Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won a money prize in any contest. (Sitting AWC voting Board Members are not eligible.) Multiple entries are accepted, but only one prize is awarded for each category.

Send one copy of each entry on standard white paper in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12pt. Courier or Times Roman font).

On first page include: Title, Category and Word Count (DO NOT show author name on the manuscript).

Please number the pages.

Enclose a separate cover sheet with: Category; Title; Author name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number; and whether an AWC Member or non-member.

Please provide a separate cover sheet for each entry.

Entry Fees

For all categories (EXCEPT Poem and First Chapter Novel): $5.00 per entry if AWC member, $8.00 per entry if non-member.

For First Chapter Novel: $10.00 if member, $12.00 if non-member.

For Poem: $3.00 per poem if member, $5.00 if non-member.

Make checks to: Alabama Writers’ Conclave. (Note: Membership and conference fees must be submitted separately to the AWC Treasurer)

Send contest entry manuscripts and checks to: Marian Lewis, AWC Contest Chair, 250 Hartside Rd., Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763.

NOTE: Please include a #10 SASE if you would like to receive a Winners’ List after the AWC conference in July. If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, also include a self-addressed stamped postcard (SASP)

Writing Competition Categories

Fiction – maximum 2500 words.

Short Fiction – maximum 1000 words.

Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) – maximum 2500 words. MUST LIST GENRE AND TARGETED AGE GROUP (i.e. picture book, 3 & up).

Nonfiction – maximum 2500 words (PLEASE SPECIFY IF WRITTEN FOR ADULT OR CHILDREN).

Humor (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) – maximum 2000 words or 50 lines (for poems).

Traditional Poem (any “form” poem, i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) – maximum 40 lines.

Free Verse Poem – maximum 60 lines.

First Chapter of Novel – up to 10 double-spaced pages, first chapter ONLY.