Archive for May, 2009


31 May 2009


1. Up to 3 previously unpublished stories, 5,000-word limit
2. Text must be typed, 12pt. font, double-spaced, one-sided
3. Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and word counts
4. No name or address anywhere on manuscripts
5. SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
6. Entry fee: $15 per story
7. Checks (USD ONLY) made out to Manhattanville – INKWELL


1. Up to 5 previously unpublished poems, 40-line limit per poem
2. Only typed entries will be considered; 12pt. font
3. Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and line counts
4. No name or address anywhere on manuscript(s)
5. SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
6. $10 for first poem, $5 per each additional poem
7. Checks (USD ONLY) payable to Manhattanville – INKWELL

NOTE: Indicate Poetry or Fiction Competition on envelope.
If submitting to both Poetry and Fiction Competitions, please use separate envelopes.

Submissions not adhering to the above guidelines will not be considered.

Mail to:
INKWELL – Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577

Postmarked between August 1 and October 30, 2009


Miami University Novella Contest

31 May 2009

The novella form has had a long and distinguished place in American literature, and has triumphed in the hands of Herman Melville, Henry James, Katherine Anne Porter, Stanley Elkin, Cynthia Ozick, Jane Smiley, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, William Gass, John Gardner, Andrea Barrett and Tobias Wolff, to name just a few.

As commercial publishers are driven more and more by marketplace concerns, novellas, by nature of their length, often fall between the cracks of short story collections and novels and wind up being published—if at all—not as individual volumes but as part of a collection of stories. Because the form is such a pleasure for readers and writers alike—short enough to be read at a single sustained sitting, but long enough to allow the writer greater freedom in character and plot development than does the short story—we are happy to present a rare venue for publishing individual novellas as stand-alone volumes.

Manuscripts submitted for the award will be read and evaluated by our creative writingfaculty, all of whom are active publishing writers. The manuscripts will be read “blind;” in other words, all identifiers will be stripped from the pages before the manuscripts are read, and the author’s history of previous publication will not be available to readers. Each year a different member of our faculty will serve as the final judge and will decide from among the list of finalists submitted by the other readers.

Students, former students, faculty, former faculty, or anyone connected to Miami University will not be considered for the award. Though we believe strongly in the talent of those we have worked with and taught, we will do everything we can to assure that this prize is administered impartially, fairly, and without regard to association.

Miami University Press is a non-profit organization. Though we are requiring an entrance fee (currently $25), we wish to make it clear that this money will be used to pay for the administrative costs of the contest, to help with the costs of publishing a book of high quality, and to allow each entrant to receive a copy of the winning volume. We want that book to be a pleasure to hold in the hands and to read. The winning volume will be distributed nationwide.

Submission rules and guidelines:

Below are general guidelines for the contest.

Entries for the 2009 contest must be postmarked by October 2, 2009.

Submit manuscripts, 18,000–40,000 words, with two title pages: one with author’s name, address and phone number, one without. Author’s name must not appear elsewhere. Word count must be included on title page.

Reading fee U.S. $25, payable to Miami University Press (check or money order; no cash or credit cards).

Winning entry receives $1,000 and book publication.

All entrants receive copy of winning book.

Mail to:
MU Press Novella Prize
English Department
356 Bachelor Hall
Miami University,
Oxford, OH 45056


31 May 2009


PO Box 2018, Cordova, TN 38088
PHONE: 901-309-3692;


Work can be unpublished or published. Money award entries (and selected finalists if permission is given) will be published in Grandmother Earth XVI. Rights to previously published work must belong to the author. No profanity or new age material will be accepted.

Poetry Awards
Any subject, Any form, 50-line limit

$100 First Prize
$75 Second Prize
$50 Third Prize
$25 Fourth Prize

Prose Awards
Any subject, fiction or non-fiction, 2000-word limit

$100 First Prize
$75 Second Prize
$35 Third Prize

Additional Awards: $50, 1st Place; $35, second place; $25, third place

1. Best Haiku, Senryu, or up to 6 lines short form
2. Best use of Humor, Poetry or Prose
3. Environmental theme, Poetry or Prose

1. To enter general awards, submit one typed copy (standard font) of each poem (single space) or prose piece (double space) with no identification.
2. Send one copy with name and address in upper right corner. Both poetry and prose should be single spaced on this identified copy. Staple and number multiple pages.
3. Enclose an entry page with your name, address, phone number, email address, if applicable, and title of all entries and amount of fees enclosed. Include 25-30 words of biographical data. Indicate whether any or all entries are to be considered for publication if a non-money winner. All rights are returned to the author after publication. Send SASE for return of art or photo or for winners’ list.
4. In upper left corner of an extra copy indicate if your work is to be considered for a specific additional award—if entering same work for both general and additional awards there is no extra fee.
5. Place all entries with no identification in one stack and all with names in another stack. Staple multiple pages of prose and poetry and put the page number in the upper right hand corner of each copy.
6. Fees are $10 for 1-3 entries and $2 for each additional entry. (Make checks payable to Grandmother Earth.) All entrants will receive one copy of Grandmother Earth .XV–Retail: $9.95. All whose work is published will receive one extra copy. See Student Rules on website for new guidelines. Work previously published in any Grandmother Earth publication is not eligible for awards.There is no fee for art or photography and payment is a contributor’s copy, except for the special award.
7. Mail entries postmarked by July 15, 2009 to GEC CONTEST CHAIRPERSON, PO Box 2018, Cordova, TN 38088. Notify us of any change in address after mailing entries.


31 May 2009

Judge: Debra Marquart


MANUSCRIPTS should include a title page with the author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; an acknowledgment page listing previously published poems; a table of contents, 48–64 pages of original poetry; and an SASE for reply or return of manuscript. Manuscripts should be unbound, typed, pages numbered, and name should appear on title page only. Clear photocopies and computer print-outs are acceptable. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

PRIZE: In addition to publication and the $1,000 cash prize, the winner also receives 25 copies and a foreword by the finalist judge.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all poets, with or without previous book publication. Students and friends of the judge are not eligible for this year’s competition.

$20 ENTRY FEE includes a copy of the winning book. All other proceeds go to the continuing publication of Pearl.

JUDGING: The selection of manuscripts for final judging will be made by the editors of Pearl. All entries are read anonymously.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: May 1 – July 15th postmark. The winner will be announced and manuscripts returned after the first of next year.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: Pearl Poetry Prize, 3030 E. Second Street, Long Beach, CA 90803; checks made payable to Pearl

The Akron Series Poetry Prize

31 May 2009

The Akron Series in Poetry was founded to bring to the public writers who speak in original and compelling voices. Each year, The University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,000 and publication of his or her book. The final selection will be made by a nationally prominent poet. The final judge for 2009 is Martín Espada. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series.

Guidelines for Submission
1. Manuscripts must be typed and consecutively numbered, for a total length of at least 48 pages. Clear photocopies are acceptable. Please, do not send manuscripts bound or enclosed in covers.

2. Manuscripts must include a cover page (with author’s name, address, phone number, and manuscript title), a title page (with no biographical information), and an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in periodicals. Please do not submit manuscripts that have the author’s name on each page. Manuscripts go to the final judge blind.

3. Manuscripts must be postmarked between May 1 and June 15 of each year. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but The University of Akron Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

4. An entry fee of $25 is required for each manuscript submission. Make check or money order payable to The University of Akron Press. The cancelled check will serve as notification of receipt.

5. Contest results will be posted on our website by September 30. No manuscripts can be returned.

6. Books accepted for the Akron Series in Poetry must exhibit three essential qualities: mastery of language, maturity of feeling, and complexity of thought. The University of Akron Press is committed to publishing poetry that, as Robert Frost said, “begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” Intimate friends, relatives, current and former students of the final judge (students in an academic, degree-conferring program or its equivalent) are not eligible to enter the 2009 Akron Poetry Prize competition.

Send manuscripts to:
The Akron Poetry Prize
The University of Akron Press
Akron, OH 44325-1703

Further Information:
For further questions on the submission of manuscripts to the UAP poetry series, contact:

Series Editor Mary Biddinger
University of Akron Press
Akron, OH 44325-1703

The Earth Vision nature writing contest

30 May 2009

short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic prose, or poetry

First Prize $500
Two Second Prizes of $100 each

Entries are now invited for the EV nature writing contest. Only winners will be notified and entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

The deadline for receipt of entries falls on October 15 (of each year).

The EV nature writing contest is held to support the cause of writing on the subject of nature and deep ecology. Any outstanding proceeds support the EV project.

First prize: $500.
Second and third prizes: $100 each.
Two (or more) honorable mentions.

This contest is open to any writer in English producing an original short piece of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic prose, or poetry on a theme of nature, deep ecology, spiritual ecology, or any work that has some element of nature woven into it.

Submissions can be published or unpublished material, length to range between 500 and 2500 words per entry (poetry can be smaller). One title per entry, you can enter as many times as you like, new entry fee to accompany each entry.

Winners will retain all rights, and will be invited to post their entries on the Earth Vision website.

Entry fee: $12 (U.S.)

Please donate $12 through the donation link at

– there is no form for this contest.
– donate $12 through the “donation” link on the EV site.
– email your entry through the address below, as either a Word, or PDF document.

– enter “EV contest” on the subject line of your email – and remember to attach your entry.
– include a cover page with title, contact, and author information, plus a short biography.

The deadline falls each year on Oct 15th.

Only winning entries will be notified.

Winners will be posted on by November 15th.

2009 Contest: The Newport Review Flash Fiction Contest

30 May 2009

The 2009 Flash Fiction Contest will open for entries on June 1, 2009. Stories will be considered from June through the postmark deadline of September 1, 2009. This year’s guest judge will be announced.

We are looking for works that are short in length but linger long in memory: small stories that pack a big emotional punch and make creative use of language.

Please note that this year, we are accepting slightly longer stories, up to a maximum of 1,000 words.

Complete Contest Guidelines:

Deadline: Postmarked by September 1, 2009

Word Count: Short-short stories up to 1,000 words

Entry fee: $7 per story, 3 for $20

Mail manuscripts w/check or money order (made out to Newport Review) to:

Newport Review Flash Fiction Contest
P.O. Box 65
Warren, RI 02885

Manuscripts should include writer’s name and complete contact information, including email and phone. Include a business-size SASE if you wish notification of contest results. Manuscripts will not be returned unless requested; include SASE with sufficient return postage.

Unfortunately, we are not set up to accept PayPal or e-mail contest submissions at this time.

Writers may submit a total of six entries. The contest is open to all writers, published and unpublished, except writers personally affiliated with Newport Review, its editorial staff or board of directors. Past contest winners and those who have been published in the print edition of Newport Review are eligible to enter.

New prizes will be awarded:

First Prize: $150 and publication
Second Prize: $100 and publication
Third Prize: $50 and publication
Honorable Mention: Publication

Prize-winning stories and stories receiving honorable mention will be published in a future issue of Newport Review. Other stories may also be considered for publication.

Nano Prize

30 May 2009

NANO Fiction is proud to announce our first annual NANO Prize, to be awarded to a flash fiction piece, prose poem, or micro essay of 300 words or less. The winner will receive $500.

The entry fee is $12 for the first three pieces, and $2 for each additional piece. Those twelve bucks also gets you a one year subscription to NANO Fiction.


Friends and family of the editors are not eligible to submit. While there will be only one winner of the contest, all submitted pieces will be considered for publication. Electronic entries will not be accepted. Mail all entries and cover letters with a check or money order to:

NANO Prize
PO Box 667445
Houston, TX 77266-7445

Make all checks payable to NANO Fiction. Contest deadline is August 1, 2009.


30 May 2009

Cosponsored by Burke’s Book Store and Davis-Kidd Booksellers

We are seeking entries for our annual fiction contest. The winning story will earn a $1,000 grand prize and will be published in a future issue of Memphis. Two honorable mention awards of $500 each will be given if the quality of entries warrants. Contest cosponsors are Burke’s Book Store, and Davis-Kidd Booksellers. Below are contest rules:
1. Authors must live within 150 miles of Memphis.
2. Entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2009.
3. You may submit more than one story but each entry must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee.
4. Stories are NOT required to have a Memphis or Southern theme.
5. Each story should be typed, double-spaced, with unstapled, numbered pages. Stories should be between 3,000 and 4,500 words.
6. With each story should be a cover letter that gives us your name, address, phone number, and the title of your story. Please do not put your name anywhere on the manuscript itself.
7. Manuscripts may be previously published as long as previous publication was not in a national magazine with over 20,000 circulation or in a regional publication within Shelby County.
8. Manuscripts should be sent to
FICTION CONTEST c/o Memphis magazine,
P.O. Box 1738
Memphis, TN 38101

NOTE: We cannot accept faxes or E-mails. Authors wishing their manuscripts returned must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with each entry.

The Fiddlehead’s Nineteenth Annual Literary Contest

30 May 2009

Poetry: $1,000 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem
$500 each for the Two Honourable Mentions

Fiction: $1,000 for Best Story
$500 each for the Two Honourable Mentions

Add it up — that’s 4,000 Dollars

The winning entries will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 243) and on our web site. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes.


Deadline: Postmarked by December 1, 2009

Entries must be original and unpublished elsewhere. No simultaneous submissions and no previously published (or accepted for publication) submissions. This includes no simultaneous submissions to any other contest.

One entry for the short fiction category is one story of up to 25 double-spaced pages.

One entry for the poetry category is up to 3 poems with no more than 100 lines per poem. Poetry may be single-spaced.

Word-processed or typed entries only. Please use white paper and only print on one side.

All entries must be submitted by mail. No faxed, digital, or emailed submissions are allowed.

Vetting for the contest is blind. Do not put your name and address on your manuscript. Instead include a cover page with the title(s) of your entry, which category (short fiction or poetry), and your name and contact information: mailing address, phone number, and email address.

Manuscripts will not be returned. Please keep a copy of your entry.

Contest winners only will be contacted by the end of February 2010. All entrants receive a copy of The Fiddlehead’s spring issue which includes the winning entries. Winners will also be posted on the Fiddlehead website.

Entry Fee: $30 (CAD) for an entry from Canada and $36 (USD) for an entry from the U.S. or overseas. Make your cheque or money order payable to The Fiddlehead and enclose it with your entry. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead. Already a subscriber?—you’ll receive a one-year extension to your current subscription.

Multiple entries allowed, but only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription.

The Fiddlehead occasionally swaps its subscription list with other literary organizations. If you don’t wish to be included in such exchanges, please state this on your entry’s cover page.

Send Entries to:

The Fiddlehead Contest
Campus House, 11 Garland Court
University of New Brunswick
PO Box 4400
Fredericton NB
E3B 5A3 Canada

For further information contact us at

The MacGuffin’s 14th National Poet Hunt Contest

29 May 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.

2009 Juked Fiction and Poetry Prizes

29 May 2009

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:
110 Westridge Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Submitting by E-Mail: go to for instructions on submitting via e-mail

13th Annual Women Who Write Poetry and Short Prose Contest

29 May 2009

Entry guidelines:

Total submission — no more than 10 double-spaced pages.

$10 entry fee for each poem or story submitted.

Each poem or story needs a cover page with title of work, author, address and home phone.

To identify each page of your work, use only the title.

Postmark deadline: May 31, 2009

Members of Women Who Write are ineligible.

Submissions will not be returned.

Send entries and entry fee to:
Women Who Write
P.O. Box 6167
Louisville, KY 40206

Awards and Recognition:

Short prose and poetry winners receive:
First Place……….$100
Second Place……..70
Third Place…………40

Winners’ work is published in Calliope, Women Who Write’s annual anthology.

Winners read their poetry and selections from their stories at the awards program held in December.

diode poetry journal call for submissions

28 May 2009 is now reading submissions for our 2nd anniversary issue (August, 2009). We welcome submissions of poetry, and we are now also considering poetry book reviews. Poetry submissions should include 3-6 poems, and reviews should be from 1,000-2,500 words. Please send submissions as an attachment to

AIDS Anthology Call for Submissions

28 May 2009

A multi-cultural, multi-national, and multi-community anthology of literary criticism, critical essays, poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, creative writings, and visual art on HIV and AIDS.

Edited by Kelly Norman Ellis and M L Hunter
A project of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University
Published by Third World Press.

Scheduled to be released World AIDS Day 2009.
Deadline for submissions: Friday, August 14, 2009

There have been great strides implemented in the research, treatment, care, and social awareness (both nationally and internationally) of HIV and AIDS. However, the critical dialogue needed to eradicate this disease seems to have dissipated. This anthology seeks to push this life-threatening issue into the consciousness of not only America, but also the world. The current climate in America, under the Obama administration, is hope and change. So what does that mean for a disease that is tied to human sexuality, morality, and the need to feel love and acceptance?

The editors are seeking creative writing in the genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, memoir writing and journaling as well as visual art that explore the intersection of the human condition with HIV and AIDS. The editors are also seeking artwork in the mediums of photography, fine and graphic arts. We are particularly interested in a vast array of literary criticism that provides social commentary and theoretical and pedagogical models that assist in understanding HIV and AIDS past and present. We also are interested in interviews with survivors and non-survivors of HIV and AIDS.

Submissions should be sent by email attachment to

A short biography including ethnic heritage and country of origin should be submitted along with your work.
Fiction submissions can be short stories or novel excerpts, and the nonfiction section is open to personal narratives and essays.

Scholarly essays should be no less than 5,000 words, and should not exceed 8,000 words. The length of other submissions may vary. We encourage authors to make the writing style of their submissions accessible to as wide a readership as possible, without sacrificing scholarly intellect.

Poetry submissions are limited to five poems maximum. We will accept re-prints of some poems. Please note if poems have been published elsewhere in cover letter.

Artwork submissions are open to all mediums, but pieces must be submitted electronically. Winning pieces are selected based on composition and originality.

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize Call for Submissions 2009

28 May 2009

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.


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

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please e-mail

Nation Student Writing Contest, 2009

28 May 2009

Sponsored by the BIL Charitable Trust to recognize and reward the best in student writing and thinking.

We’re looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to answer this question: How has the recession affected you, your family or someone you know? Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship. We’ll select five finalists and two winners–one from college, one from high school. Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a Nation subscription. The winning essays will be published and/or excerpted in the magazine and featured on our website. The five finalists will be awarded $200 each and subscriptions, and their entries will be published online. Entries (only one per student) will be accepted through May 31, 2009. A winner will be announced by September 15.

Please send entries to


The contest is open to all matriculating high school students and undergraduates at American schools, colleges and universities as well as those receiving either high school or college degrees in 2009. Submissions must be original, unpublished work (the writing can have been published in a student publication). Each entrant is limited to one submission. Entries will be accepted through May 31, 2009. A winner will be announced by September 15, 2009.

Submissions can be e-mailed to Please include the essay in the body of the e-mail. All e-mailed submissions will be acknowledged. Each entry must include author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail and short biography and school affiliation – and say “student essay” in the subject line.

Please email for questions.


28 May 2009

SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS announces the 2009 KEYSTONE CHAPBOOK PRIZE for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript in English by a Pennsylvania writer*.

Prize: $100 plus 25 copies.

Submission deadline: Postmarked between May 1 and July 15 of each year.

Eligibility: Open to all Pennsylvania writers. [*We consider a “Pennsylvania writer” as one who was born in, or has lived in, Pennsylvania, as well as any writer with a self-defined “Pennsylvania connection.”]

Please note the following change to this year’s competition:Two manuscripts will be selected as co-winners of the 2009 Keystone Chapbook Prize: one by a writer with no previous book or chapbook, and the other by a writer with previous book or chapbook publication.

Please read the guidelines carefully; the complete guidelines are posted on the Seven Kitchens site and we are not responsible for other versions of the guidelines that may be posted, in whole or in part, elsewhere.


Anyone who identifies as a Pennsylvania writer is eligible to submit to the Keystone Chapbook Prize.

The manuscript itself need not address Pennsylvania themes, though such work is welcome.

The final judge for this year’s series has not yet been finalized, but will be announced here as soon as we can confirm that selection.

Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages (not including front matter).

Include two cover pages: one with the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number; the second
cover page should have the manuscript title only.

Include a table of contents page.

Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.

Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) biographical note, including a statement of any previous or pending book or chapbook publication.

The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript.

All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will be separated from the manuscripts as they are logged in.

Manuscript titles and their log numbers will be posted on the web site [http:// sevenkitchens. blogspot. com] (remove spaces from URL) as they are received.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must be posted between May 1 and July 15, 2009.

The winning manuscripts will be announced on or before October 15, 2009.

Manuscript finalists will also be announced, and may be eligible for publication.

Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may send via regular mail.

If you are sending by mail, do not staple or bind your manuscript; please use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x 11 envelope.

If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx or .rtf files are ideal); you must include the words “Robin Becker Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript you submit (multiple su
bmissions are welcome). Checks should be made payable to Ron Mohring. Online payment may be made via PayPal to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com.

Each entrant will receive one copy of the winning chapbook, to be published by spring of 2010. Please let us know if you change your address!

Each co-winner will receive $100 and 25 copies of her or his chapbook. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit online reviews of each chapbook.

Send your manuscript:
~by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to:; or
~by mail to Ron Mohring, Publisher; PO Box 668; Lewisburg PA 17837.

The Ambassador Poetry Project Call for Submissions

25 May 2009

The Ambassador Poetry Project, a new online periodical featuring writers from Ontario and Michigan, is accepting submissions for its launch issue. Emerging and established poets welcome in all styles. Poetic narrative and digital artwork is also welcome. Emails containing attachments will not be opened. Please review the submission guidelines at


25 May 2009

8th year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,000. Top prize $2,000. Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on the theme of war, up to 500 lines in all. Winning entries published online. Sponsored by Winning Writers. $15 entry fee, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: May 31. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Include cover sheet with contact information. No name on poems. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: War Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is proud to be one of “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2009). More information:

Alehouse Press Happy Hour Poetry Awards

20 May 2009

Alehouse Press presents the 2008 Happy Hour Poetry Awards. $1000 Best Poem. Four $100 Honorable Mentions. Any topic. Any form. Deadline: July 1st, 2009. For contest rules and writer guidelines, go to

The Rat’s Ass Review Call for Submissions

20 May 2009

Editor plans to publish poetry that he likes.

No theory, no themes, just his personal taste.

Also no pay.

Online only.

Guidelines are at:  

Send your submissions to:

Miranda Anthology Call for Submissions

20 May 2009

Miranda Anthology Library: Kicking off the anthology series with the “The Sea.”

Call for submissions: Miranda Literary Magazine is beginning a new phase in its print endeavor and would like to invite writers to submit to our anthology projects.

Each project is based around a topic or a concept that will be the focus of the anthology. Submission should relate to the topic and in the end we are hoping for a collection of great writing on a given topic. We are also planning guest editors to work on the anthology. They will help with the selection of the work and write an introduction. Anthologies will be in print form, published through Skinny Toe Press – the creators of Miranda Literary Magazine.

Our first anthology will be “The Sea.” We are looking for poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, essays, interviews, book reviews, and other writing where the ocean plays a significant role. Send in your work of 8,000 or less to us with the words “Sea Anthology” in the subject line to – Deadline for submissions will be June 30, 2009. The print version is slated for late August or early September.

RockSaw Press is seeking Midwestern influenced chapbook manuscripts

20 May 2009

We are accepting unsolicited chapbook manuscripts from May 1st through August 31st (postmarked) and are looking to accept six to eight manuscripts this summer that will be printed during the 09-10 academic year.

All genres considered.

Specific submission guidelines and information can be found on the website ( Or contact us at

Memoirs Ink. Contests

18 May 2009

Memoirs, Ink. Annual Personal Essay Contest

Memoirs Ink’s Annual Personal Essay Contest. We’re looking for memoirs, personal essays, or creative non-fiction stories on any topic. 3000 words max. Prizes: $1000, $500, $250 + publication. Entry fee $17. Deadline: August 15, 2009 postmark. Late deadline: August 31, 2009 postmark (additional $5 fee). Full guidelines here:

Memoirs, Ink. Elements Writing Contest

Memoirs, Ink. Elements Writing Contest. Please submit a short personal essay, creative non-fiction, poemoir or vignette that has to do with one of these elements—water, fire, earth, or air/wind/space. It can be about anything, but the element must be an important part of the story. You may submit as many as you like. 750 words max. Prizes: $500, $250, $125 + publication. Each element has a different deadline: water – July 15, 2009; fire – October 15, 2009; earth – January 15, 2009; air/wind/space – April 15, 2010. Entry Fee: $10 first entry. Subsequent entries: $7. Full guidelines here:

Memoirs Ink Free Status Contest

Memoirs Ink’s free mini-memoir competition was inspired by some great lines we’ve seen on Gmail status, Facebook status, Twitter and others. Please email us your status. Prizes include publication and glory. 150 characters max. You may enter as many times as you like. Deadline: The last day of every month. Enter here: