Archive for April 25th, 2009

The Writer 2009 Short-Story Contest

25 April 2009

Prizes: $1,000, first place; $300, second place; $200, third place.

The first-place entry, along with the finalist judge’s comments, will be published in The Writer magazine. All three winning entries will be posted on The Writer Web site,

Finalist judge: Shelby Hearon

Entry fee: $10 per entry, payable to The Writer. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Payments must be in U.S. funds drawn from a U.S. bank.

Deadline: Postmarked by May 31, 2009.

1. Submit two (2) copies of your short story. Entries must be submitted with an official entry form, available below.Place the title only (not your name) on each page of the story.
2. All entries must be original and previously unpublished in a book, nationally distributed periodical or Web-based magazine. Entries must be in English and submitted by the author, who must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry.
3. Entries should not exceed 2,000 words. No graphic language, sex or violence.
4. Entries must be double-spaced in standard 10- to 12-point type, and each page must be consecutively numbered. Please paperclip pages together; do not staple or enclose in covers or binders.
5. A $10 nonrefundable entry fee, payable to The Writer, must accompany each entry. Please do not send cash in the mail. Submitted entries are final and will not be returned, so be sure to keep a copy for your records. We are unable to acknowledge entries.
6. You may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee. No simultaneous submissions are allowed.
7. Winners will be notified by Sept. 1, 2009.
8. Family members and employees of The Writer and its affiliates are not eligible to enter the contest.

How to submit

Download the entry form at
Send two (2) copies of your entry, along with the completed entry form and total entry fee ($10 per entry). Payment must accompany all entries.

Address entries to: 2009 Short-Story Contest, The Writer, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612.

Santa Barbara Poetry Workshop Poetry Contest

25 April 2009

Winner receives full scholarship to workshop


Send 3 copies of each poem with your name removed. Include a separate cover sheet listing titles or first lines of each submitted poem, your name, address, phone number, email address, and any other relevant contact information. Line limit for each poem is 45 lines.

Contest entries must be postmarked by June 27, 2009.

Submit Poems to: SBSPW Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 30302, Santa Barbara CA 93130

Contest fee is $12 for each 3-poem entry. Checks should be made out to SBSPW.

Note: If the contest winner is not able to attend the workshop, the prize will be offered to the second place contestant. A refund will be given if the tuition has already been paid.

2009 Inspirit Poetry Contest

25 April 2009

THE FOURTH Annual National Inspirit Poetry Prize. $500 prize and publication in the journal Inspirit for the best unpublished poem (limit 100 lines, no translations) exploring issues of Christianity, culture, faith, and/or nature. Submit SASE, $10 reading fee drawn to Rabbit Press, and 3 copies of up to 3 poems (one set with author identification; one without). Deadline: August 15; winner announced September 15. Submit to Inspirit, c/o Baughman Memorial UM Church, 228 Bridge St., New Cumberland, PA 17070.

Call for Submissions: The Sylvan Echo

25 April 2009

Submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, critical writing, book reviews, and editorials by new and established writers will be accepted through June 20, 2009.The journal is also interested in original artwork and photography. Please read our submission guidelines carefully as we take them very seriously ( We do accept simultaneous submissions. As with all literary journals, we have an aesthetic; we suggest you read the journal prior to submitting.

· With the exception of poetry, artwork, and photography, you may submit 1 piece per genre. Should you submit more than one piece per genre, we will ignore your second and subsequent submissions (and will look less than favorably on your first submission, as well).
· Submit your work by email to
· All work should be sent as an attachment in the following formats: Poetry and prose as 12pt doc or rtf attachments; artwork and photography as the highest resolution bmp, tif, or jpg.
· List the genre in your subject line, e.g. Submission: poetry.
· Each submission must be accompanied by a brief (50-150 word) bio, written in the third person.
· By submitting to The Sylvan Echo you are acknowledging that all creative work is original and that you own all rights.