Archive for May, 2009

Packingtown Review Call for Submissions

16 May 2009

The editors of Packingtown Review, a journal of the University of Illinois at Chicago, published by the University of Illinois Press, invite submissions for its second issue to be released in 2010. The journal publishes creative work including: drama, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary translation.

We seek submission of scholarly papers including: interdisciplinary scholarship, literary criticism, comparative literature, critical theory, rhetorical studies, cultural studies, and political theory.

We also accept for consideration: interviews, critical reviews of books, films and the arts in general, genre-bending work that explores or challenges form, and graphic art and photographs.

Whether scholarly or literary, we welcome edgy, fresh writing that may be experimental or that explores boundary crossings of/between genre(s) and form(s). What does it mean when poetry and prose are indistinguishable? What is lost – or found – in translation? When literary form is fluid, what happens to the relationship between art and criticism? Between the creative and the scholarly?

Please send up to 8,000 words (excerpts of longer works are acceptable) of prose (or genre-bending pieces), 40 pages of drama, or 3 to 5 poems (no more than 10 pages) to:
Packingtown Review
UH 2027 M/C 162
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607

Deadline: Review of submissions for the second issue continues through September 1.
Response time is approximately three months. For more information, visit or email us at:

2009 RRofihe Trophy

15 May 2009

For an unpublished short story (up to 5,000 words)

Winner Receives:
$500 cash
Publication in Open City

Judged by Rick Rofihe

2009 Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey
Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink

–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

The 3rd Annual Hotmetalpress Chapbook Contest

15 May 2009
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 to:
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.

The Vermont Studio Center International Residency Program

15 May 2009

The Vermont Studio Center is an international residency program open to all artists and writers. Year-round, VSC hosts 50 artists and writers per month, each of whom receives an individual studio, private room, and all meals. Residencies last from 2-12 weeks and provide uninterrupted time to work, a community of creative peers, and a beautiful village setting in northern Vermont. In addition, VSC’s program includes a roster of Visiting Artists and Writers (2 painters, 2 sculptors and 2 writers per month) who offer slide talks/readings and individual studio visits/conferences. Applications and information available at
Full fellowship deadline: due June 15, 2009
Download application at

Wag’s Revue Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction Contests

15 May 2009

This is a reminder that the deadline for the Wag’s Revue inaugural contests in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction is May 31. First prize in each category receives $500 and publication in Wag’s Revue, and all submissions are considered for publication. There is no limit to the number of entries an author may submit. Winners will be announced June 20. The submissions fee is $20.

To view our complete submissions guidelines, visit our website at

Aspiring to marry the rigors of print with the freedoms of the internet, Wag’s Revue is an online quarterly of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Its first issue features new fiction from Brian Evenson, and interviews with Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Dave Eggers, n+1 co-founder Mark Greif, and author Wells Tower.

The second issue will feature an interview with T. C. Boyle, new nonfiction by Lauren Slater, new poetry by K. Silem Mohammad, and much more.


Perihelion Review Call for Submissions

15 May 2009

/Perihelion Review/ is now accepting submissions of poetry and reviews for upcoming issues.

All submissions will be considered for publication in Perihelion Review and are accepted year-round.

Please send 3-5 previously unpublished poems by emailing us at

—Please remember to include “Poetry Submission” or “Review Submission” in the subject line, in addition to the creative writing program with which you are affiliated.

—Type or paste your cover letter in the body of the e-mail, and remember to include all contact information.

—Send your work as a single attached Word document, either as a .doc or .rtf file.

We look forward to receiving your work.

Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition

14 May 2009

Turtle Light Press is glad to announce its bi-annual Haiku Chapbook Competition. In general, we are open to both traditional and modern-style haiku but have a particular fondness for haiku that deal with both people and nature. Please submit an original, unpublished collection or sequence of poems on a theme of your choice between 12 – 24 pages, two haiku per page maximum, postmarked by December 1, 2009. For entry fee and more details, please go to:

Turtle Light Press
(732) 317-1308

Slash Pine Press Call for Submissions

14 May 2009

Slash Pine Press is pleased to announce our first call for chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry or mixed-genre. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our mission and submission procedures. If our aesthetic and philosophical ambitions line up with yours, please send us the best work you’ve got.

Submission Procedures:

* DEADLINE: Postmark June 30, 2009.
* Manuscripts should be no longer than 24 pp and be either poetry or mixed-genre. We are not soliciting fiction at this time.
* No more than one poem or mixed-genre piece per page, please.
* No electronic submissions; multiple submissions OK.
* Include two title pages; one with title only; one with title, author’s name, and full contact information.
* All manuscripts receive a blind reading.
* Do not send SASE. Manuscripts will be recycled and results announced on Slash Pine Press’s website.
* Faculty, students, and graduates of the University of Alabama are not eligible for publication.
* Decisions will be announced in September (sooner if possible).

Please send manuscripts to:

Slash Pine Press
Department of English
University of Alabama
PO Box 870244
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0244

cwc Short Fiction Competition

13 May 2009

Start Date: Apr 22, 2009
End Date: Jul 15, 2009

CWC invites fiction entries from new and established writers for its inaugural competition. The top three entries will receive the cash awards listed below. In addition, the top five entries will receive copies of What the Shadow Told Me, the award-winning novel of our judge, Kurtis Davidson. The first place winner will also receive a detailed review of his/her work from Kurtis Davidson.

1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $100

Judge: Kurtis Davidson. Kurtis Davidson, a pseudonym for the collaborative team of Kurt Ayau and David Rachels, first appeared in print in the Summer 2003 issue of The Portland Review with the literary satire “Great Forgotten American Poets of the 20th Century.” Since then, the two-headed Davidson’s shorter work has appeared in The North American Review, Ink Pot, The Southeast Review, The Yalobusha Review, and The Backwards City Review.

Davidson’s debut novel, What the Shadow Told Me, won the Gold Medal for Best Novel from the Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Society. Julia Glass was the judge. It was published in April 2005 by Eastern Washington University Press.

To Enter:

Madonna Essay Anthology Seeks Submissions From Women Writers

12 May 2009

I’m currently looking for smart, thoughtful women-authored nonfiction essay submissions. It’s for a new anthology all about our favorite freaky feminist singer/artist/’Sex’-er/mother/material girl: Madonna.

She’s been such a powerful, iconic cultural figure for the past 26 years (!). For women and girls in America, it’s almost impossible not to have been influenced, in some way, by her media presence.

I want to hear how Madonna — her music, her persona, her image, her lyrics — has changed your life. Love her or hate her, you probably have an opinion; she elicits major passion from millions of people. Whether you think she’s a genius marketing maven, a pioneering feminist businesswoman or little more than a very rich stripper, I want to hear your perspectives. How did her work affect your feelings, your mindset, your sexuality, your ambitions? Where were you when you first heard her music, and how did it make you feel? How did seeing her videos on MTV change the way you thought about growing up female? How did your parents react when they heard you singing the lyrics to “Like a Virgin” at the dinner table? What was it like the first time you saw her perform live? What about her pisses you off to no end?

I’m looking for a wide range of perspectives. I don’t care if you love her or loathe her — just own a strong point of view, and write your essay in an honest, thoughtful, engaging fashion.

Some possible themes are below. These are jumping-off points — no need to heed them if you have another idea of your own.

* How your ideas about feminism changed, or were challenged, by Madonna
* How her ever-changing image helped spark a transformation in your life
* Madonna’s role in club / nightlife culture and how that impacted you
* How her sexual expressiveness affected your feelings about your body & sexuality
* How Madonna influenced your thoughts about gender roles / gender identity
* How she influenced your individual approach to romantic and sexual relationships — straight, queer, alt/kinky, etc.
* How she helped you “come out”
* How you felt about her as a child or adolescent vs. how you regard her as an adult
* The many eras of Madonna (the club kid, the sex queen, the superstar, the spiritual seeker, the caretaker, the humanitarian) — in your own life, how have you evolved on a similar (or different) path as you grew older?

WORD COUNT: Submissions should be between 1000 – 5000 words, double-spaced and paginated.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2009

DETAILS: Please send your submission via email, as a Microsoft Word document attachment, to Also include your full name, address, phone number, email address and a short author bio.

CONTACT: Feel free to email the editor, Laura Barcella, at with questions.

FURTHER INFO: Writers whose works are selected for publication will be notified as soon as possible. Writers who are selected for inclusion will be compensated ($TBD) upon publication. They will also receive a copy of the finished book.

ABOUT THE EDITOR: Laura Barcella is a San Francisco-based writer & editor who has written for more than 40 magazines, newspapers and websites, including the Village Voice,,, Time Out New York and the Chicago Sun-Times. She contributed to the acclaimed book BitchFest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism From the Pages of Bitch Magazine. This will be her first go-round at editing an anthology.

Moonlight Mesa Short Story Contest

10 May 2009

Moonlight Mesa Associates, Inc. is launching its First Annual Cowboy Up Short Story Contest. The contest will be open from June 1, 2009 to December 1, 2009 and will be awarding cash prizes.
Submission guidelines are available on the company’s website:

Entry is open for original, unpublished western stories, up to 2500 words in length. Stories must feature a cowboy or two, or other western characters. Entries may be fiction or nonfiction, modern or classic.

The top three winners will be notified in December. Cash prizes will be awarded!

Moonlight Mesa Associates, Inc., located in Wickenburg, Arizona, and own and operated by Becky Coffield, is a small, independent publishing house specializing in western writing, both fiction and nonfiction. Cowboy Poetry is another genre that Coffield is considering on adding to the company’s program. Coffield plans on publishing between two and four works a year.

The publisher has five readers ready to go for the current contest, so get those stories rollin’ on in!

UNT’s Mayborn Conference Literary Competition

10 May 2009

Prizes include a book deal and $15,000 in cash.

Since 2005, the University of North Texas’ Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference has awarded four book contracts to emerging authors. This summer could be your chance to get published.

The conference, which will feature NPR host Ira Glass and be held July 24–26 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, is accepting manuscripts, essays and articles for its literary competition. Additionally, the conference has teaming up with the Writer’s Garret, a prominent non-profit writing organization in Dallas, to help writers prepare their entries for the competition.

The conference and competition are sponsored by the Mayborn Graduate School of Journalism, which will become part of the university’s newly announced Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism when it opens on Sept. 1. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted formal creation of the Mayborn School earlier this month upon recommendation from the UNT System Board of Regents.

Selected entries will get the opportunity to work one-on-one with industry professionals in conference workshops, which will be held July 24 (Friday) before the official start of the conference. These entries also will compete for $15,000 in cash prizes and the chance to be published.

“This conference presents an enormous opportunity for unknown writers to get recognized and published,” said George Getschow, the conference’s writer-in-residence. “There are established writers who have tried unsuccessfully for years to be published. This is a rare opportunity.”

Two copies of each entry should be mailed to the Mayborn Graduate School of Journalism at 1155 Union Circle, #311460, Denton, TX 76203, attention George Getschow. Entries also must be submitted electronically to The deadline for submissions is June 1 (Monday).

Essays and articles should be no longer than 20 pages. A non-refundable entry fee applies. Twenty manuscripts and 50 essays will be selected for workshop participation. Contest winners will be selected from this group of 70 finalists. The winner of the manuscript competition will receive $3,000 and the option to enter a book publishing contract with the UNT Press. The top three entries in the categories of personal essays and mini-memoirs and reporting and research-based narratives that focus on people will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. The best articles and narratives and personal essays will be included in the 2010 edition of Ten Spurs, the conference’s literary journal. For more entry information visit

To register for the conference, visit Conference fees are $295 for the general public. Student fees are $225. Educator fees are $270. Conference seating is limited. For more information, call 940-565-4564. The conference is open to the public with no requirement to submit competitive essays or a book manuscript proposal.

For more information about the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference Competition, contact Jo Ann Ballantine, conference manager, at 940-565-4778.

The Basilica Review Call for Submissions

10 May 2009

The Basilica Review seeks poetry that is thoughtful and well-crafted, poems with regard for the beautiful and the sacred.

Please submit no more than 4 poems to

Simultaneous submissions are considered as long as it is mentioned in your initial e-mail. Please notify The Basilica Review immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. See for additional guidelines.

2d Round Poetry Competition Poets Contest Corner

10 May 2009

Poets Contest Corner announces the 2nd Round of submissions for its Poetry competition. Winner will receive $200 Cash Prize.

Poets Contest Corner welcomes you and invites you to join in our endeavor to bring a little unexpected income by way of your poetry. In these hard times, when the dominant breadwinners may have lost their jobs and the price of everything has gone up, we hope that we may be helpful in a small way.

Rules and Guidelines:

Poetry Contest entries may be written on any subject or theme. Writers are invited to submit poetry manuscripts of up to 3 original unpublished poems per $5.00 fee. The first-place winner will receive a $200 cash prize.

All submissions must abide by the following competition rules and guidelines:

1. Eligibility: Open to all work not previously published. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that they be withdrawn from the contest immediately. The work submitted must be your own – no translations allowed.
2. All poems must be 24 lines or fewer.
3. Submission deadline: May 31, 2009.
4. A reading fee of $5 is required for every 3 poems, paid online via Paypal.
5. Writers may submit multiple entries, but remember that every three poems must be paid with another $5.00 reading fee.

Notification: The winning poems will be posted on web page, and the Winner will be notified via email. Along with the post, a critique of each winning poem will be posted, denoting the considerations for our judges’ selections. All rights remain with the authors. Winners will be asked, when notified, for permission of one-time rights to post their entry to this web page.

For submission and further details, visit

Pilot Books Meddling Kids Series

2 May 2009

Pilot Books will hold our first open reading period in May of 2009 to select a manuscript to be published in our new Meddling Kids Series. Please submit 2 printed copies of your original poetry manuscript (10-25 pages of verse)
postmarked between May 1st-May 31st , 2009. Include two cover pages–one with manuscript title, your name, address, email and phone; another with manuscript title only. Manuscripts will be logged in by an impartial third party, read anonymously by the editors and a panel of outside readers. A selection of finalists may be asked to submit their manuscript electronically. No SASE necessary, we will communicate via email. Post your entries, along with a $10 reading fee to the address below. (All entry $$ will fund the production of the selected manuscript.)

Pilot Books
39 Lilly Street
Florence, MA 01020

The Akron Series in Poetry

2 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 canceled 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

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

Poetry Midwest Call for Submissions

2 May 2009

Poetry Midwest, a downloadable online literary journal, seeks poetry, micro-fiction, and creative non-fiction brief (prose limit is 350 words) for the End of Summer 2009 and other future issues. Poetry Midwest is published three times per year as a downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF document. Deadline for the End of Summer 2009 issue is June 15, 2009, or thereabouts.

To submit, send up to 3 poems or 1 piece of micro-fiction or creative non-fiction under 350 words in the body of an email message to with the subject line “Poetry Midwest Submission: your real name” where “your real name” is your actual name and not the name of your email account. Please DO NOT send email attachments.

Full submission guidelines can be found on our web site at

Please address any inquiries to


1 May 2009

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.

The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

1 May 2009


The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize is open to any U.S. writer in English with at least three books of fiction published. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published novels and collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, former or current students or close friends of the final judge are ineligible to win the contest. Employees and FC2 authors are not eligible to enter.


Finalists for the Prize will be chosen by the following members of the FC2 Board of Directors: Kate Bernheimer, R. M. Berry, Noy Holland, Brenda Mills, Lance Olsen (Chair), Matt Roberson, Susan Steinberg, and Lidia Yuknavitch.

The winning manuscript will be chosen from the finalists by Carole Maso, who will write the foreword to the winning manuscript.

Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2’s stated mission to publish “fiction considered by America’s largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu,” including works of “high quality and exceptional ambition whose style, subject matter, or form pushes the limits of American publishing and reshapes our literary culture.”

For contest updates and full information on FC2’s mission, history, aesthetic
commitments, authors, events, and books, please visit the website at:


Contest entries will be accepted beginning 15 August. All entries must be postmarked no later than 1 November. The winner will be announced 1 May.


The Prize includes $15,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the right not to award a prize.

Manuscript Format

Please submit TWO hardcopies of the manuscript.

The manuscript must be:
–anonymous: the author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (the title page should contain the title only); include a separate cover page with your name, contact information, and a list of three previously published works of fiction with ISBNs and publishers;
–typed on standard white paper, one side of the page only; paginated consecutively; bound with a spring clip or rubber bands; no paper clips or staples, please;

Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification that manuscript has been received, and a self-addressed, stamped, regular business-sized envelope for contest results.

FC2 strongly advises that you send your manuscript first class.

Please retain a copy of your manuscript; FC2 cannot return manuscripts. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is accompanied by a $25 reading fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered; the winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if manuscript is accepted elsewhere. FC2 will consider all finalists for publication.

Submission Address

Full manuscripts, accompanied by a check made out to American Book Review for the mandatory reading fee of $25, should be sent to:

FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize
University of Houston-Victoria
School of Arts and Sciences3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901-5731

CLMP Contest Ethics Code

CLMP’s 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.

All-Nations Non-fiction Chapbook Contest

1 May 2009

First Prize: $1000 plus publication
$15 dollar entry fee, payable ONLINE or by mail
DEADLINE May 31ST 2009
40 pages of text max
any format is fine
email entry to editors@allnationspress.comor mail them to

Chapbook Contest
PO BOX 689
White Marsh, VA 23183

Tamarack Award Submissions

1 May 2009

Official Rules and Entry Guidelines

Minnesota Monthly is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Tamarack Award, the magazine’s annual fiction contest. Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2009. The winning story will appear in the November 2009 issue.


The competition is open to residents of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Proof of eligibility will be required of the winning entrant.

Note: previous Tamarack winners are not eligible to enter the contest again for five years. Other previous winners are eligible. As always, however, employees of Minnesota Public Radio and its affiliated companies are not eligible.


Maximum length: 4,000 words. Must be an original, unpublished work of short fiction.

Send two clean copies of your entry. Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced, with pages numbered. Judging is anonymous; please do not put your name anywhere on your manuscript. Include two copies of a cover sheet with the following information: your name, address, day/evening phone numbers, and e-mail address, along with the title of your entry and its word count.


There is no entry fee. Because of the volume of submissions, the editors are unable to contact entrants individually regarding the outcome of the competition.
Mail your entry to:

2008 Tamarack Award
Minnesota Monthly
600 U.S. Trust Building
730 S. Second Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

No e-mail submissions will be accepted.
The author of the winning manuscript will, upon signing Minnesota Monthly’s standard publication contract, be published in the November 2008 issue. Minnesota Public Radio will reserve the right to broadcast a reading of the winning story.


1 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

DOS PASSOS REVIEW Call for Submissions

1 May 2009

DOS PASSOS REVIEW accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry submissions NOW-July 31, 2009. Limit 3-5 poems, 3,000 words prose.

Send to: Editor, The Dos Passos Review, Dept.of English, Longwood University, 201 High St., Farmville, VA 23909. sase for reply only.

See Web site for specific guidelines: