Archive for April 24th, 2009

The Memoir (and) Prizes: Prose, Poetry, and Graphic Memoir

24 April 2009

The Memoir (and) Prize for Memoir in Prose and Poetry
The Memoir (and) Prize for Graphic Memoir

Four prizes awarded up to $500.

Memoir (and) reading period for Spring+Summer 2010 (Issue 6): 5/1/09 – 8/15/09. Accepting traditional and experimental prose, poetry, graphic memoir, narrative photography, lies, and more. All submissions eligible for contest entry. Submit online or mail to: Memoir (and), P.O. Box 1398, Sausalito, CA 94966. Guidelines at



The Memoir (and) Prizes for Memoir in Prose or Poetry are awarded to the most outstanding prose or poetry memoir—traditional, nontraditional or experimental—drawn from the reading period.

Grand Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry
* $500 cash award
* Publication in print and online
* Six copies of the journal

Second Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry
* $250 cash award
* Publication in print and online
* Six copies of the journal

Third Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry
* $100 cash award
* Publication in print and online
* Three copies of the journal

The Memoir (and) Prize for Graphic Memoir is awarded to the most outstanding graphic memoir drawn from the reading period.

Prize for Graphic Memoir
* $100 cash award
* Publication in print and online
* Six copies of the journal

Split Oak Press 2009 Chapbook Contest

24 April 2009

Final Judge: Joe Weil

Prize $250 and 20 copies

Submissions for the yearly chapbook contest will be accepted through May 30, 2009. The winning manuscript will be published in Summer/Fall 2009. There is the strong possibility of an Editor’s Choice Award being offered publication along with publication of the contest winner. Scroll down for submission details and judge bio.

– Chapbook manuscripts should be between 24 to 28 pages in length.
– The poems in the manuscript should have a cohesive structure.
– Poems within the manuscript may have been published in individual magazines, journals, e-zines, etc. but may not have been published together as a book/chapbook.
– A non-refundable entry fee of $15 must be included and made payable to Split Oak Press. If the manuscript is simultaneously submitted and while under consideration by Split Oak Press is accepted for publication elsewhere, the entry fee will not be refunded.
– Please include two (2) title pages: one with the title of the manuscript and and the poet’s contact information including name, address, phone number and email; the second should include the title of the chapbook at the very top and the table of contents below that. The poet’s name or other identification should not appear on this cover.
– The poet’s name must not appear on any page of the actual manuscript.
– The poet must own the copyright to the poems in the work or be able to secure permission to reprint any copyrighted poem included.
– The winning poet must submit a copy of the poems in Word format as an attachment via email to the editor (as a .doc or .rtf file).
– Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification of manuscript receipt only.
– Winner will be announced via email.
– Manuscripts will not be returned.

*Publisher reserves the right not to publish if a suitable manuscript is not found. In that case, submission fees will be returned to the writers.

2009 Judge: Joe Weil is a good piano player, half way decent singer, and a fraud as a guitarist. Most recently he has been hawking two new collections of his work: What Remains (Nightshade press) and Painting The Christmas Trees (Texas Review Press). He has read both in Opera houses and in laundry mats, the latter under a bare bulb that swung through the air and cast eerie shadows across the room. He presently works as an instructor in the creative writing department at Binghamton University, and is trying, with middling success, to learn both Italian and the Irish tin whistle.

Note: No email submissions accepted.

The chapbook will be professionally printed with full color covers and perfect bound, unlike the typical saddle stitched (stapled) chapbook. The winning poet will receive $250 and 20 copies of the chapbook. Additional copies may be purchased at 40% off list price. A formal contract will be made available.

Mail submissions to:
Split Oak Press
Chapbook Contest – 2009
James R. Stafford – Editor and Publisher
P.O. Box 700
Vestal, NY 13851

Skysaje Enterprises 5th annual poetry contest

24 April 2009

$250.00 grand prize and three $25.00 Honorable mentions

Submission guidelines:
1. submit up to 5 pages per submission.
2. all works must be typed in 14 points font or greater.
3. Author contact info must appear on every page
4. a $15.00 non refundable entry fee must be included with each submission.
5. submission deadline 4/30/09

Make checks payable to L. Berger and mail submissions to:

Skysaje Enterprizes
50 amesbury Rd.
rochester, NY 14623

2009 Ethnographic Poetry Competition

24 April 2009

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with the fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural and Applied.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Fall 2009, and will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal.

*** There is no entry fee for members of the American Anthropological Association. ***
*** If you are not a member, there is a $10 fee. ***

Judges will be Misha Cahnmann Taylor, Kent Maynard, and Dorine Jennette.

Submissions must be unpublished and include:

* one copy of a cover letter, with home and institutional addresses & a short bio,
* three copies of no more than three poems, of any length totaling no more than 10 pages in all (please do not include your name/address on the poems)
* a self-addressed stamped envelope, for contest results, to be posted by Fall 2009, and
* proof of AAA membership, or a $10 check made to the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. Send unpublished poems only.

Electronic or faxed submissions will not be accepted except by request from ethnographic poets working outside the U.S. and Canada. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, 125 Aderhold Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602; (office) (706) 583-8127; email:

The deadline for RECEIPT of submissions is 1 May 2009.

Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adults and Children’s Writing

24 April 2009

Calling all YA and children’s writers! Hunger Mountain is thrilled to present the inaugural Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing!

Hunger Mountain, the arts journal of Vermont College of Fine Arts, will launch our new online arts journal early this summer. Our new site will include YA and Children’s Literature; we’ll feature articles on hot topics and trends in YA and children’s literature, interviews with publishing industry insiders, and fiction selections by well-known and up-and-coming YA and children’s authors. Upcoming issues will feature pieces by Katherine Paterson, Carrie Jones, Cynthia Leitich Smith, K.A. Nuzum, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sara Zarr and many others!

Writers of Young Adult Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, and Picture Books are encouraged to enter the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing. Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Paterson will judge. One winner will receive $1000.00 and publication in Hunger Mountain online, and two honorable mentions will receive $100.00 each.

Entries may include:
Young Adult Fiction (novel excerpt or short story)
Middle Grade Fiction (novel excerpt or short story)
Picture Book (text only)

Submission Fee: $20 per entry

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by June 30th, 2009

Contest Guidelines:

Your packet should include four items:
A one-page cover sheet that includes: Your name, address, email and phone number, The title of your manuscript, The category of your manuscript (YA, MG, PB), A brief (one to two paragraph/200 word) bio of yourself, A brief (one to two paragraph/250 word) synopsis of your manuscript

Your manuscript: Up to 5,000 words of middle grade/young adult fiction, or one picture book manuscript (text only). Entries must be double-spaced, with margins of at least 1”. Please number the pages of your entry, and label each page with the title. Please DO NOT label the manuscript with your name (entries will be judged anonymously). Please paperclip (do not staple) your entry.

Entry Fee: Check or money order for $20, payable to Hunger Mountain

Self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of award winners

A self-addressed, stamped postcard for us to acknowledge receipt of your entry (optional)

Packets should be mailed to:

Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing
Hunger Mountain
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602