Archive for April, 2009

The MacGuffin’s 14th National Poet Hunt Contest

21 April 2009

www.schoolcraft.edu/pdfs/macguffin/Poet_Hunt_Contest.pdf

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.

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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

www.utulsa.edu/nimrod/awards.html

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and PUBLICATION
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and PUBLICATION

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:

NIMROD
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

www.writecorner.com/award_guidelines.asp

Annual Awards for Unpublished Fiction in Any Style, Any Theme

Guidelines:

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 www.writecorner.com and are eligible for inclusion in the permanent website writecorner.com anthology. (By submitting work to this contest, authors give permission to Writecorner Press to publish the award winning stories and editors’ choices on the writecorner.com 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

www.cavecanempoets.org/pages/pdfs/Competition_Guidelines.pdf

Guidelines

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

Submission

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.

ALABAMA WRITERS’ CONCLAVE 2009 WRITING COMPETITION

21 April 2009

www.alabamawritersconclave.org/contests.html

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.

The 3rd Annual Hotmetalpress Chapbook Contest

20 April 2009

www.hotmetalpress.net/PoetryPrize.html
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

www.diversevoicesquarterly.com 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: submit@diversevoicesquarterly.com

Professional Writers of Prescott, AZ Annual Writing Contest

20 April 2009

For complete guidelines and a required entry form, see www.prescottwriters.com/2009Contest.html

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 www.prescottwriters.com/2009Contest.html

All writers welcome.

Great Lakes Novel Contest & Prize

20 April 2009

www.smithwrite.net/files/GreatLakesNovelPrize.pdf

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. (smithdocs.net) and/or Drinian Press, LLC (DrinianPress.com)

Guidelines:
• 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

GUIDELINES:

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.

Email: LyricalHitmakers@aol.com

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

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

Only previously unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the contest.

why are we not in paradise? CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

15 April 2009

why are we not in paradise? is a new, viral zine of art and letters. We seek submissions of all kind—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, music, visual art, film and other media—that answers, challenges or wrestles with the question our title poses. Our launch is slated for May 1st. As such, the deadline for submissions is April 28th. Please visit our website to become better acquainted with our submission guidelines and mission statement. whyarewenotinparadise.com

wawnip is also currently accepting applications for Associate Editors for music and visual arts, a Staff Illustrator, and Regular Contributors. Please e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and sample work to submissions@whyarewenotinparadise.com.

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize Call for Submissions 2009

13 April 2009

www.upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/drueheinz.htm

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.

Eligibility

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.

sakurareview.blogspot.com

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 sakurareview@gmail.com. Your genre – poetry or prose – should appear in the subject field.

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

sakurareview.blogspot.com

2009 Juked Fiction and Poetry Prizes

13 April 2009

www.juked.com/prize/

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:
Juked
110 Westridge Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Submitting by E-Mail: go to www.juked.com/prize/ for details on submitting via e-mail

SPRING 2009 CHAPBOOK CONTEST

13 April 2009

www.newamericanpress.com/contests/current.php

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

www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/anderprize2009.html

Now in its 4th year!

Winner receives: $500 cash
Publication on anderbo.com

Judged by William Logan

2009 Contest Assistant: Anderbo Poetry Editor Charity Burns

Guidelines:
–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 anderbo.com
–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 anderbo.com 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

Guidelines
–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

opencity.org/rrofihe.html

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 epiphanyzine.com. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Spy, and The East Hampton Star, and on mrbellersneighborhood.com. 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, anderbo.com.

2009 New Southerner Contests

10 April 2009

The 2009 New Southerner Literary Contest seeks poetry, fiction and nonfiction appropriate for publication in the magazine, which promotes self-sufficient living, environmental stewardship and support for local economies. Awards: $200 in each category. Entry fee: $10 for prose, up to 5,000 words, or up to three poems, each no longer than 50 lines. Deadline: Oct. 1, 2009. Info: www.newsoutherner.com

ALABAMA WRITERS’ CONCLAVE 2009 WRITING COMPETITION GUIDELINES

8 April 2009

www.alabamawritersconclave.com/contests.html

Deadline: April 30, 2009 (postmark). P 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.

2009 Omnidawn Poetry Contest

8 April 2009

Ann Lauterbach will judge the 2009 Omnidawn Poetry Contest

Submissions accepted by Omnidawn March 1 – June 30, 2009

www..omnidawn.com/contest/contest_guidelines.htm

The 2009 Omnidawn Poetry Prize is Omnidawn Publishing’s second annual contest for a first or second full-length collection of poems by a poet writing in English. The contest will be judged by Ann Lauterbach, with a cash prize of $2,000 and Fall 2010 publication by Omnidawn Publishing with full publicity and advertising of the book to Omnidawn standards. The prize also includes 100 free copies of the book. Manuscripts will remain anonymous until a winner is selected.

Deadline:
— Envelope must be postmarked on or between March 1st of 2009 and June 30th of 2009.

General Guidelines:
— The entering manuscript must be your first or second full length poetry book. (If you have written two or more poetry books that have been published or accepted for publication you are ineligible for this contest.) Chapbook publication has no bearing on this.
— The poet must be writing in English. Translations are ineligible.
— Entry fee of $25 must accompany each submission; make check payable to Omnidawn Publishing. We cannot accept any other form of payment at this time.
— The entry fee entitles you to one Omnidawn title from our catalogue. Please see website page “Omnidawn Titles” for full catalogue of books from which you can choose. If you would like to receive an Omnidawn book of your choice and you live in the United States include a US Post Office 9.5″x 12.5″ Flat Rate Priority Mail Envelope with $ 4.95 standard postage stamp(s) to cover shipping. Do NOT use computer generated postage such as Click-n-Ship, E-Stamps, or Endicia because this postage is date and zip code specific and we cannot use it. On the outside of the envelope please write in the title you are requesting. We will enclose your book in a protective mailer, place it in your envelope, and mail it to you. If you do not include a Stamped Flat Rate envelope we will assume you are not interested in receiving a book. (If you live outside the U.S. and would like an Omnidawn title please add $12.00 for postage to the entry fee for a total of $37.00 (U.S. Dollars) and include a self addressed envelope with the name of the book you want printed on the front.)
— Multiple submissions to this contest are acceptable but each manuscript must be entered under separate cover, each with separate check for entry fee.
— Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration.
— No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered.

Manuscript Submission Requirements:

— We recommend that the manuscript be no fewer than 40 pages and no more than 70 pages. The manuscript should be paginated with a table of contents and enclosed in a standard manila folder. Nothing should be written on the manila folder. Each manuscript should include one cover page with title of manuscript only and a second cover page with title plus your name, address, telephone number, email address, and where you learned about the Omnidawn contest (to the best of your recollection). If you have requested a free book please list the requested title below your contact information.
— Please do NOT include an acknowledgments page or a cover letter or bio.
— Please do NOT contact us with queries regarding the status of your submission. Your canceled check will indicate that we have received your entry.
— Please do NOT enclose a SASE for return of manuscript; all manuscripts will be recycled at the end of our contest. Please notify us if you move or change your email address or phone number; send new address, email address, or phone number to: submissions@omnidawn.com.
— We will announce the contest results on our web page.
— Mail manuscript and entry fee to:

OMNIDAWN POETRY PRIZE
Omnidawn Publishing
3263 Kempton Ave
Oakland, Ca 94611
—Please do NOT send Fed Ex, UPS or signature-required USPS express mail envelopes; they will not be accepted.

How We Judge:
The entries are logged into a database by an assistant not associated with the reading process who registers the personal address information of the entrant, the title of the manuscript, assigns it a number and removes all identifying materials. The manuscripts are then anonymously submitted to the editors of Omnidawn for screening. Omnidawn does not use interns or students to screen for this contest. For the sake of avoiding any conflict of interest, if one of the readers recognizes the work of a colleague, student, or friend, then that manuscript is given to another editor. The final judge receives the top manuscripts from which to select the winner. If the final judge wishes to see additional manuscripts she may request them; the judge is not, however, permitted to request specific manuscripts. Friends, colleagues, and students of the judge are not eligible to compete. The judge is not allowed to choose manuscripts that present a conflict of interest.

Omnidawn abides by The CLMP Code of Ethics: The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses’ community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Book Production, Distribution, Advertising, and Complimentary Copies:
The prize winning book will be produced, distributed, and advertised to Omnidawn standards and will also meet the Green Press Initiative standards and have the Green Press Initiative statement on the copyright page. The book will be printed using the same archival quality acid-free paper and full four-color cover used for other Omnidawn books. As with other Omnidawn books, we will encourage the winning poet to participate in the design of the book, including choice of typefaces, cover colors and artwork, with all stages subject to the approval of the winning poet. The book will be distributed worldwide by Omnidawn’s distributor, Independent Publishers Group, and will be advertised along with other Omnidawn books inPoets & Writers Magazine, American Poetry Review, American Book Review, Rain Taxi, and other publications. All costs, including production, distribution, and advertising will be fully paid for by Omnidawn. In addition to the $2,000 cash prize, the winning poet will also receive 100 copies of the book free of charge.

The Burning Bush Poetry Prize, 2009

8 April 2009

$200 First Prize and Publication in the Fall 2009 In Our Own Words Writer’s Guidelines
To reward a poet whose writing
1. Inspires others to value human life and the natural world instead of values based on short-term economic advantage
2. Speaks for community-centered values,democratic processes, especially those whose voices are seldom heard
3. Demonstrates poetic excellence
4. Educates readers of the relevance of the past to the present and future

www.bbbooks.com/contests.html

Submission Deadline: 6/1/09.

Poems should be typed, and formatted as desired. Three poems maximum, any style or form. We prefer unpublished work, but published poems may be submitted. If published before, please include where, when and any acknowledgment information we may need. While we take reasonable care with all your work, be sure not to send your only copies.

Send a stamped self addresses envelop with enough postage to return your work. Send an index card with your name, mailing address, email, phone and title of each poem submitted listed on it. If your poem is selected for the Poetry Prize, we will need a brief (50 word) biographical statement from you. That’s it. Winners will be selected in July, 2009. Good Luck.

Reading Fee: $10
Closing Date:6/1/09
Mail to (snail mail ok):

Burning Bush Publications
Poetry Prize
P.O. Box 4658
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

note that submissions without a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope will not be returned

5th Annual Burnside Review Poetry Chapbook Competition

8 April 2009

www.burnsidereview.org/contests.php

Judge: Martha Ronk

We are sponsoring our fifth annual poetry chapbook competition. Winner will receive twenty-five copies and a two hundred dollar cash prize. Competition runs March 15th to June 30th. Winner will be announced approximately September 1st, with publication date set for winter. The same dedication and care will go into the production of the chapbook as with our journal—quality cardstock cover with photography, linen paper, excellent layout. We will make the publication process as cooperative as possible.

Guidelines
—18 to 24 pages of poetry. Individual poems may be previously published.
—2 cover sheets, one with the title of the manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address. The second cover sheet should list only the title of the manuscript.
—A page acknowledging previously published poems
—A self addressed stamped envelope
—Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere

IF BY POST: Include a self addressed stamped envelope and a check or money order for $15- made out to Burnside Review. Entry must be postmarked by June 30th to: Burnside Review Poetry Chapbook Contest, P.O. Box 1782, Portland OR 97207.

IF BY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: E-mail all of above a single Word file to contests@burnsidereview.org. Send $16- by Paypal to sid@burnsidereview.org. Fee and entry must be submitted within 24 hours of each other. Receipt of entry will be sent after both arrive. (This method will save money and trees.)

The initial readers of the manuscripts will be Burnside Review staff members. They will choose between five and ten manuscripts as finalists to be passed on to the judge for selection of the winning collection.

We ask that former students or colleagues of the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest’s judge—as well as any writer whose relationship with the judge constitutes an unfair conflict of interest—refrain from entering the contest. The Burnside Review staff reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed conflicts of interest and will return those entry fees.

At no time will the judge have the names of the finalists.

Winner will receive 25 copies of the chapbook printed by Burnside Review Press and a cash prize of $200-.

All questions happily answered by e-mail: sid@burnsidereview.org

Martha Ronk is the Irma and Jay Price professor of English at Occidental College. Her poetry books include Why/Why Not, Eyetrouble, State of Mind, and Vertigo, winner of the 2006 National Poetry Series. A 2006 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, her poetry has been widely published in journals and magazines. She lives in Los Angeles.

2nd annual Ronald Wardall Poetry Chapbook Contest

8 April 2009

rainmountainpress.com/contests.html

$150.00 and 75 copies published by Rain Mountain Press

Deadline July 1, 2009

Send $20.00 reading fee and up to 30 pages of poetry to:

Rain Mountain Press
68 East Third Street, Suite 16
New York, NY 10003

2009 Juked Fiction and Poetry Prizes

7 April 2009

www.juked.com/prize/

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:
Juked
110 Westridge Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32304

To submit via e-mail, visit

www.juked.com/prize

Call for submissions from Eyebrow Journal of Pop Culture, Celebrity, & Fleeting Fame

7 April 2009

Eyebrow is a newly launched online journal of satire and humor with a decided pop culture/celeb obsession persuasion. Think Perez Hilton meets Jonathan Swift.

We are currently accepting submissions for our first issue. All submissions should be sent to eyebroweditor@gmail.com and should be pasted into the body of the email. The subject of the email should indicate the genre of submission along with the author’s name and the word “Submission.” Please include an author’s bio and a brief cover letter.

We’re looking for fiction/essay/creative nonfiction 750 words or less and poetry no longer than 30 lines per poem.

See the site for more detailed guidelines: eyebrowlit.blogspot.com.