Archive for June, 2009

Calyx Poetry Prize (Oregon Women Only) & Call for Submissions

30 June 2009

CALYX is hosting a poetry prize for Oregon women poets. The submission period is September 1-31, 2009. Applicants should send a complete unpublished book manuscript (75-125 pages) with biographical data and a $25 entry fee (payable in check or money order) to CALYX Poetry Book Prize, PO Box B, Corvallis, OR 97339. Manuscripts will be read blind—do not put your name and address on any pages, only on a separate cover letter. Final judge for the poetry book contest will be announced in July 2009. CALYX editors will read and select up to 10-15 finalists to send to the final judge who will select the prize winning manuscript. It is possible the judge could decide not to select a winner. The winning manuscript will be announced in February 2010. The winner will receive a CALYX Books contract for publication of the manuscript in Fall 2010 and a $500 award.

Additionally, we are also open for poetry and prose submissions from women writers around the country from October 1 to December 31. We are open to art submissions and book reviews year-round. More information on all of these can be found at


Call for Submissions from Women Writers for Anthology

28 June 2009

Press Pause Now™ is accepting submissions for its first anthology. Press Pause Now™ is a unique retreat, workshop, and coaching program whose purpose is to help successful women rethink, refocus, and reenergize their lives.

Main Focus

Life is about change. As human beings we’re always changing, growing, transforming, and transitioning our lives – whether we’re seeking a new job, new career, or new direction. Whether it’s our circumstances that lead us to take a new path or a desire to pursue a goal or dream, we learn that as women we have the power to choose who we want to be, what we want to do, and what kind of life we want to lead.

This inspirational and motivational collection of essays and articles will focus on stories about women and their “press pause moments,” those points of transition when they have decided to take a different path, pursue a passion, or go after a goal or dream. The catalyst and outcome of the journey may be personal, professional, or both. Most importantly we are looking for diversity in the types of stories. We want to hear from all kinds of women doing all kinds of things. (In other words, don’t hesitate for fear your story won’t “fit!”) This anthology will celebrate the “go for it” spirit shared by women everywhere who define success on their own terms and find the strength within themselves and among their network of supporters to make it happen.


* Nonfiction essays and articles should be between 800 – 2500 words in length, double-spaced.
* Only email submissions will be accepted and should be sent electronically as attachments (word or pdf format) to Please put the word ‘Anthology’ in the subject line.
* Please include a 65-70 word bio as you would like it to appear in the published anthology should your submission be accepted. You may include a website address for consideration.
* You will greatly increase your chances of inclusion if you take care to proofread your work and run a spell check prior to submitting.
* You may submit up to two essays or articles for consideration. Each submission should be sent in a separate email.
* Deadline for submissions is midnight September 25, 2009.
* Publication is anticipated by early 2010.
* You can stay up-to-date about the anthology’s progress at

About the Editor

Anne Witkavitch is currently president of C-Suite Communications, a strategic marketing and communications firm, and founder of Press Pause Now™, a life design and coaching program that helps successful women rethink, refocus, and reenergize their lives. She is a former Fortune 100 communications executive. Anne’s press pause story began when she decided to pursue a lifetime dream to become a published writer by returning to graduate school at the age of 42. Juggling fulltime career, parenthood, and studies, she earned her M.F.A. in Professional Writing and has published her work in a variety of publications. She also teaches, mentors, and speaks about writing, communications, leadership, and work/life balance.

Please Note

Publishing this anthology is a new endeavor; unfortunately at this time we cannot pay for contributions that are accepted. However we will actively promote the anthology and your writing. Inclusion will provide writers with a focused publishing credit.

Thank you for considering a submission.

Best of the Best Ebook Contest

25 June 2009

Editor Jennifer’s first Best of the Best Ebook Contest is up and running! First Prize: $250

The Basics:

Contest open to all self-published or independent e-press published novels. Your novel must be available to the public for purchase before you enter.

Winner will receive $250 USD.

Each of 30 semi-finalists will have their novels showcased for a day on the Editor Jennifer website – including their book’s image, a 250 word description, and a link to the site where it can be purchased.

The Rules:
1. Deadline for entries: midnight, PST, August 31st, 2009.
2. Entries must be received directly from the author either in print form or as a PDF file.
3. Along with your novel, submit your name, a one-paragraph bio, a 250 word description of your novel and a link to the site where it can be purchased.
4. Thirty semi-finalists will appear, one per day, on the Editor Jennifer website, starting October 1st, 2009.
5. The winner will be announced November 1st, 2009.

Send questions and submissions to: Email

Real Simple’s Life Lessons Essay Contest

25 June 2009

I’m writing today to announce Real Simple’s second annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and to ask that you publicize this opportunity widely within your community. The Life Lessons column, which reaches more than two million readers monthly, has featured noted authors such as Mary Gordon, Jane Smiley, Ann Patchett, and many others. We invite all non-fiction writers to submit their work for consideration and potential publication in Real Simple, in the company of these distinguished authors.

The topic of this year’s essay is: When did you first realize that you had become a grown-up? Whether the experience was difficult, funny, easy, or bittersweet, share your lesson and you could win.

The winning essay is scheduled to appear in the April 2010 issue of Real Simple magazine. The winner will also receive a $3,000 cash prize; roundtrip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, and tickets to a Broadway play; and lunch with Real Simple editors.

To enter, please send a typed, double-spaced submission of no more than 1,500 words, preferably as a Microsoft Word attachment, to The contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. who are 19 or older at the time of entry. It began at 12:01AM this past May 1 and runs through 11:50PM on September 7, 2009. For complete contest rules, please visit

Gemini Magazine NO-FEE Flash Fiction Contest

25 June 2009

Gemini Magazine ( is pleased to announce its NO-FEE Flash Fiction Contest. Grand Prize is $100 and publication in the October issue of Gemini. Three (3) Honorable Mentions will also be published in the October issue.

Stories must be 1,000 words or less and may be written in any style or theme as long as they are previously unpublished. Deadline is August 31, 2009.

Send within body of email to One entry per writer. Do not include bio. More info at

Gemini Magazine is an online journal of the arts highlighting a wide variety of fiction, poetry and more. We welcome creative fiction and nonfiction submissions from both new and established writers.

Submissions other than contest entries should be sent to More info at

The Morton Marr Poetry Prize

22 June 2009

The Morton Marr Poetry Prize is an endowment by Marilyn Klepak of Dallas in honor of her father, whose love of poetry has encouraged her to pass this love on to others. Generous supplemental donations were also provided by Mr. and Mrs. David T. Searls, Jr. The first prize is $1,000 and the second place prize is $500. Both prizes earn publication in Southwest Review pages. Judging for 2008 was Charles Martin. To see the 2008 winners, click here.

RULES: This contest is open to writers who have not yet published a first book of poetry. Contestants may submit no more than six, previously unpublished poems in a “traditional” form (e.g. sonnet, sestina, villanelle, rhymed stanzas, blank verse, etc.). Poems should be printed blank with name and address information only on a cover sheet or letter. (If work is submitted online, please omit the author’s name from the final “submission content text area”). There is a $5.00 per poem entry/handling fee. Postmarked deadline for entry is September 30, 2009. Submissions will not be returned. For notification of winning poems, include a SASE. Winners will be announced in December. Entries should be addressed to: The Morton Marr Poetry Prize, Southwest Review, P.O. Box 750374, Dallas, TX 75275-0374.

For instructions on entering this contest via e-mail, visit

UNT Press 2010 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

22 June 2009

The University of North Texas Press announces the 2010 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.

The winner of this annual award will receive $1000 and publication by UNT Press. Entries will be judged by an eminent writer.

Entries can be a combination of short-shorts, short stories, and novellas, from 100 to 200 book pages in length (word count between 27,500 and 50,000). Material should be previously unpublished in book form. Once a winner is declared and contracted for publication, UNT Press will hold the rights to the stories in the winning collection. They may no longer be under consideration for serial publication elsewhere and must be withdrawn by the author from consideration.

Please include two cover sheets: one with title only, and one with title, your name, address, e-mail, phone, and acknowledgment of any previously published material. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript except on the one cover page. Manuscripts for the 2010 award should be postmarked between May 1 and June 30, 2009. The winning manuscript will be announced in January 2010. Watch for more details in Poets & Writers.

Manuscripts cannot be returned and must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee (payable to UNT Press) and a letter-sized SASE for notification.

Send entries to:

Laura Kopchick, General Editor
Katherine Anne Porter Contest
English Department
University of Texas at Arlington
203 Carlisle Hall, Box 19035
Arlington, TX 76019

2009 Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest

22 June 2009

Moment Magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest. Moment will award three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content.

$1,000 plus possible publication
$500 plus possible publication
$250 plus possible publication

Winners may be invited to Washington DC or New York City for an awards ceremony. If so, the contest covers a round trip flight or train fare and one night hotel, if necessary. All travel arrangements are to be made by Moment.

The judge published in promotional materials judges the finalists. At all times, all decisions are final.

After the completion of the contest, Moment editors will review winning stories. Editors will contact winners if their stories are being considered for publication. Moment Magazine reserves the right at all times to select material for publishing. All selected material is subject to editing by Moment editors.

Entry Fees:
$15 for each entry (multiple submissions are accepted).
Please make checks payable to: Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest.
Note: The $15 is a reader fee and does not in any way give persons who enter the contest any legal rights.

Submissions must be postmarked by December 1, 2009.
For each entry, submit the following:
A cover letter containing author’s full name, address, contact information and the title of submission.
The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
A check made out to The Moment/Karma Short Fiction Contest.
A self-addressed stamped envelope for announcement of winners.
Do not send submissions via email
Maximum length for prose is 7,000 words. Send hard copies of your submission printed out in 12-point font, double-spaced.

No previously published works, or works already accepted for publication elsewhere, are eligible. Work may be under consideration elsewhere, but must be withdrawn from the competition if accepted for publication.
Send entries to:
Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest
Moment Magazine
4115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 102
Washington, DC 20016

Winners will be announced in 2010.

Current information about guidelines etc. is updated here on the website. We are not responsible for information in previous guidelines or advertisements.

All deadlines may be extended or changed and may carry over into the next calendar year.

Moment Magazine and Karma Foundation are not liable for any misprints or errors, or anything else.

The contest is a labor of love. Please treat our staff with courtesy and kindness.

2009 Betty Gabehart Prize

22 June 2009

Download entry fee at

Each year the Kentucky Women Writers Conference offers opportunities for both emerging and established voices to be singled out and cheered on by our community. The Betty Gabehart Prize honors our good friend, patron, and former director who led the conference during its seminal decade in the 1980s.

One winner will be chosen in each of three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive:
• $100
• two 2-day passes for herself and one guest
• the opportunity to read her winning manuscript during the conference on September 11–12, 2009
• publication of the winning manuscript on our Web site:

• Please do not apply if you have won this award in the past five years (2004 or later).
• Works that are previously published are not eligible for this award.
• The contest is open to any female writer of English.
• Employees or board members of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference are not eligible.

Manuscript Format
• Fiction and nonfiction should be no more than 6,000 words in length; poems have no word limit.
• Please submit two copies of the manuscript (there will be two judges per genre category).
• The author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
• The manuscript must be on standard white paper, single-sided.
• Paginate correctly.

Submission Information
• Each work entered must be accompanied by its own entry form and entry fee, as follows: $10 per poem, or $15 per work of fiction or nonfiction, payable to Kentucky Women Writers Conference. You may write a single check for
multiple entries.
• Submission of more than one work is permissible; each must be accompanied by its own entry form and fee. If
multiple works are entered with a single entry fee, only the first work will be accepted.
• Manuscripts must be postmarked by July 31, 2009.
• Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you would like notification that the manuscript has been received. We cannot return manuscripts.
• Contest results will be posted on our website on August 28, 2009. Winners will be notified immediately.

Please send entries to:
Betty Gabehart Prize
Kentucky Women Writers Conference
University of Kentucky
232 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0344
Direct inquiries to:

Publisher Seeks Submissions for 2010 MOTIF Anthology

21 June 2009

MOTIF is an anthology series published annually by MotesBooks of Louisville, Ky.
Volume 1: Writing By Ear featured 116 writers, including Patty Griffin, SilasHouse, Buddy & Julie Miller, Maurice Manning, Evie Shockley, Neela Vaswani, Frank X Walker and Pamela Duncan.

Each volume in the MOTIF series focuses on a theme – for Volume 2 the theme is CHANCE.

Submissions may be poems, short stories, song lyrics, short memoirs, essays, letters, creative nonfiction, or other forms. Combinations of forms are acceptable up to the limits described: Prose must be under 3,000 words. Send no more than three poems/lyrics. All genres will be considered as long as “chance” is referenced or illuminated in the works. Submissions may address the theme either directly or indirectly, but “chance” should figure significantly and artfully in the piece. The definition or concept of “chance” can be interpreted in any way the writer sees fit, but could include ideas related to chaos, serendipity, mistake, the occasion for wonder, kismet, accident, fate, destiny, cause and effect, encounters, and/or predestination.

Each contributor whose work is accepted will receive one (1) complimentary copy of the book upon publication as payment. Contributors will also receive an ongoing contributor’s discount for unlimited purchases of additional copies to use or resell. Marketing outlets include,, and the publisher’s website, Special marketing strategies will also be utilized, including one or more public readings with selected contributors by invitation of the editor or publisher.

Submit by email only. Send manuscript (Arial 12 pt., single-spaced) as a .doc or .rtf file (MS Word) to

IMPORTANT: Use “MOTIF Anthology” as the subject line (email containing blank subject lines will automatically be deleted; other subject lines may inadvertently be tagged as spam). Include all author contact information (including phone, snail mail, and e-mail address) with each submission. Include a 50-60 word biographical note to appear in Contributor’s section of the anthology in case of acceptance. Do not send previously published or simultaneously submitted material. Submission period closes September 1, 2009.

Acceptances will be notified by end of 2009. Publication slated for early 2010. Editor is Marianne Worthington.

For clarifications, visit or email

Soupy Stories Call for Submissions

21 June 2009

Soupy Stories is a new online literary magazine devoted to publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writers of the Midwest. The intention of the magazine is to help writers build their portfolios and get their names out. As of right now, we cannot offer any payment except for online publication. Our purpose is not to generate revenue, and we do not ask for reading/entry fees. However, all published works will be considered for our upcoming contests and for our annual print anthology.

The Warren Adler Short Story Contest

21 June 2009

2009 Contest Theme: Short Fiction in Varied Genres

Submit Your Stories Starting April 13!

The Warren Adler Short Story Contest is fast becoming the most prestigious online short story contest thanks to the extraordinary literary quality of our submissions. We are pleased to announce our next contest. The theme is simply short fiction in all of its varied genres. We are looking for original, imaginative pieces featuring compelling characters and creative plots. Whether you specialize in mainstream fiction, romance, horror, fantasy, science-fiction, satire, mystery, or any of their subcategories, we want to read your work.

Entries must not exceed 2,500 words and we will only accept stories submitted using our web form (see Pay Now button below), no exceptions. Stories from all the points of the globe will be considered provided that they are written in English. Mr. Adler will select which story will be awarded the Grand Prize of $1,000.

The People’s Choice winner will be determined by public voting. Warren Adler’s top choice, along with the People’s Choice winner, will be announced in July.

Submissions will be accepted from April 13, 2009 to July 21, 2009 [extended]. The entry fee is $15. Five cash prizes will be awarded.

* 1st Prize: $1,000
* People’s Choice Prize $500
* Remaining finalists receive $150 each

Authors retain worldwide publishing rights.
Contest Rules:

* Contest is open for worldwide entries from April 13, 2009 until July 13, 2009
* A $15 fee in advance is required for each story submission.
* When you are ready to submit your story, make your payment below to proceed to the story submission form.
* Each story can be no longer than 2,500 words and must be written in English and previously unpublished

Newport Review 2009 Flash Fiction Contest

20 June 2009

The 2009 Flash Fiction Contest is open for entries as of June 1, 2009. Stories will be considered from June through the postmark deadline of September 1, 2009. This year’s guest judge will be fiction writer Hester Kaplan, author of The Edge of Marriage and Kinship Theory.

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. Winners will be notified and posted on our blog and web site. Include a business-size SASE if you wish individual notification of contest results. Manuscripts will not be recycled unless return is 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 who have close personal affiliations with Newpo
rt Review, its editorial staff or advisory board. Past contest winners and those who have been published in the print edition of Newport Review are eligible to enter.

The following prizes will be awarded:
First Prize: $150 and publication
Second Prize: $100 and publication
Third Prize: $50 and publication
Honorable Mention: Publication and Newport Review bumper sticker

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

Mississippi Review Poetry Series

20 June 2009

A new poetry book contest in which three poetry collections will be selected and published in January 2010. Three prizes of $1000 will be awarded.


The Mississippi Review Poetry Series is an annual contest awarding three publication prizes for book-length poetry manuscripts. It is open to all poets working in English except current or former students or employees of Southern Miss. There will be three $1000 prizes and we will produce three full-length (48-64 page) paperback perfect-bound books. Each will bear the cover price of $12 but the three winning books will be packaged as a set for MR subscribers. Each winner will receive the cash prize plus 100 copies of his or her book as payment. Manuscripts may total no more than 56 pages of poetry. Fee is $25 per entry, payable to Mississippi Review. There is no limit on the number of entries an author may submit. Each entrant will receive a set of the three prize-winning books. No manuscripts will be returned. Postmark deadline: August 1, 2009. Winners announced: September 2009. Publication scheduled: January 2010. With questions call 601.266.5600. Please put MR Poetry Series, name, address, phone, e-mail, and title on page one of entry. Send to:

Mississippi Review Poetry Series
118 College Drive # 5144
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

20 June 2009

No more than 50,000 word novella or 200 page manuscript of short stories will be accepted. Any well written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered. An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission. $1,000 award and publication

Deadline: July 30, 2009

Mailing Address:

Snake Nation Press
2920 North Oak Street
Valdosta, Georgia 31602

The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition

20 June 2009

Open to all American writers, regardless of previous publication.

Submit one copy of a complete poetry book manuscript of at least 48 pages. The manuscript must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009.

Enclose two cover sheets with each manuscript. On one cover sheet, provide the title of the manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address. The second cover sheet should list only the title of the manuscript. Poems previously published in journals or anthologies are acceptable. If poems in the manuscript have been previously published, enclose an acknowledgments page.

Each entry should come accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. If the entry arrives with an additional large, self-addressed envelope with $1.68 postage affixed, the entrant will receive a copy of the winning book when it appears.

Include a money order or check to Pleiades Press for $20.00 with each entry. Reading fees will be used only for book production, advertising, and other costs of running the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series. Pleiades Press and the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series are non-profit organizations staffed by faculty members at Central Missouri State University and Winthrop University and volunteer readers.

The initial judging will be directed by:

• Susan Ludvigson, author of, among others, Escaping the House of Certainty, Everything Winged Must Be Dreaming, Trinity, and Sweet Confluence, all from LSU Press..
• Kevin Prufer, author of National Anthem (Four Way, 2008), Fallen from a Chariot (Carnegie Mellon, 2005), The Finger Bone (Carnegie Mellon, 2002) and Strange Wood (a previous winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series) and editor of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, among others.
• Joy Katz, author of Fabulae (Southern Illinois, 2002), winner of the 2001 Crab Orchard Award Series and The Garden Room, winner of the 2005 Tupelo Press chapbook competition.
• Wayne Miller, author of Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues, 2006) and The Book of Props (Milkweed, forthcoming), and editor of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

The initial judges will choose ten finalist manuscripts which will be forwarded to an internationally known judge for selection of the winning collection. The judge for 2008-2009 will be announced soon

Our policy is that no screener may previously know, have published, or have previously reviewed the poetry of any poet whose work they consider for the contest. No one who has published work in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing within the last five years will have his/her manuscript screened by any poetry editor of the journal. Those manuscripts submitted by such contributors to the journal will, instead, be sent to screeners at another location.

We also respectfully request that former students or colleagues of the LMWT judge—as well as any poet whose relationship with the judge constitutes an unfair conflict of interest—refrain from entering the contest. All finalists will be asked to confirm that they have no conflict of interest with the judge. The LMWT staff reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed conflicts of interest and will return those entry fees.

The final judge will not be sent the names of the finalists. Only their manuscripts, without identifying information, will be forwarded.

The winning writer will receive $1000 and the winning collection will be published in 2010 in paperback by Pleiades Press and distributed by Louisiana State University Press.

Questions about the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series can be directed to Kevin Prufer at (660) 543-8106 / LMWT Poetry Series / Department of English / University of Central Missouri / Warrensburg, MO 64093 / USA

OnAngels Magazine Art & Literary Contest

20 June 2009

Artistic Modern Interpretations, Stories & Poetry Celebrating Angels & the Angelic World

On Angels Magazine Art & Literary Contest 2009 is open to several mediums of art and literature. There are six categories of art; Painting, Computer Graphic Art, Sculpting, Drawing, Mixed Media and Photography. There are three categories of literature; Fictional Short Stories, Non-Fictional Short Stories and Poetry. All entries MUST have an ANGEL theme. Religion will not play a part in any of the judging.

The winning entries and artist’s / writer’s profiles will be published in our premier magazine and online. Artists and Writers retain all copyrights and artwork!…

First Prize (US) $3000 in each category
Second Prize (US) $1500 in each category
Third Prize (US) $500 in each category
Honorable Mention (US) $200 in each category

Deadline for Entries extended to: August 15, 2009

The American Poetry Journal announces The American Poet Prize for Poetry

20 June 2009

The winner will receive $500 plus publication in The American Poetry Journal. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to three original and unpublished poems (10 pages maximum total), cover letter with bio and contact information including email address, & SASE for results with a $16.00 reading fee ($19 for outside the US) to:

J. P. Dancing Bear, Editor
The American Poetry Journal
P. O. Box 2080
Aptos, CA 95001-2080.

IMPORTANT: Please make checks payable to: Dream Horse Press LLC.

Postmark Deadline: June 30, 2009.

Simultaneous submissions acceptable with notice. Multiple submissions acceptable with separate reading fee for each group of three poems.

All entries will receive a year’s subscription to The American Poetry Journal.

All selections and winners are made by the editor. Personal Friends, Relatives, and/or Students of the editor are NOT eligible for the contest and their entry fees will be refunded.

2009 Stormfield Press Literary Contest in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

20 June 2009

Awards: $300, $75. Both winners have option to publish (author retains all rights to work).

Entry fee: $15.
Deadline: November 30, 2009.

Slash Pine Press Chapbook Call for Submissions

18 June 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.

Slash Pine Press aims to publish two chapbook-length manuscripts a year. The press locates itself an as intellectual space where forms and intuitions make writing a process of risk and otherness—a space where the high stakes of creative inquiry make self-effacement impossible. Slash Pine fosters work that investigates the dimensions of place, whether construed as location or situation. Such work is, like the slash pine itself, able to survive in swamps and sandhills, to thrive in salt and heat, to occupy an imaginative landscape that is raw and abrasive and to expand its territory toward the interior. Neither cynical nor rhetorically meek, the work is concerned with but not limited by the map; its logic is global, written against the grain of history and biography. And where this a cut, a thick sap flows.

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 this 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

Please feel free to contact the editor at if you have any further questions.

Fourth Annual Solas Awards

18 June 2009

Deadline for the Fourth Annual Solas Awards is September 21, 2009. The competition is year-round, however, so submit your stories any time.

Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year:

$1,000 Gold
$750 Silver
$500 Bronze

Awards in Categories:

Certificates and bragging rights for Gold, Silver, and Bronze (no cash awards in categories) plus a copy of The Best Travel Writing 2009 or The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009.

Enter one or more categories and you’re automatically entered for the Grand Prize.

Stormfield Press Annual Literary Contest

18 June 2009

2010 CONTEST Submission Guidelines

Contest Submission Period
* July 1 through November 30, 2009

Prizes (Each Genre)
* First Place–$300.00
* Second Place–$75.00
* Honorable Mention–Authors and Titles listed on our website.
* First and Second Place winners will be given the option to publish (not required, no fees of any kind, and author retains all copyright for work).

* First, Second and Honorable Mention winners will be notified via email.
* All Winners will be posted on the Stormfield Press website as soon as selection is complete.

Categories and word limits
* Fiction—5,000 words
* Non-Fiction—5,000 words
* Poetry—50 lines per poem
* Poetry—Submit up to ten poems per contest submission
* No limit to the number of submissions a person may submit in any category
* Each separate entry requires an Entry Fee

Additional Guidelines:

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest

18 June 2009

The Festival is pleased to announce the second annual Fiction Writing Contest. We are now accepting submissions by mail and online (see instructions below).

Grand Prize
* $1,500
* VIP All Access Festival Pass ($500 value) for the 24th annual Festival: March 24-28, 2010
* Publication in the New Orleans Review
* Domestic Airfare and Accommodations to attend the 2010 Festival in New Orleans
* Public Reading at the 2010 Festival

The top ten finalists’ names will be published on

Judge will be an established fiction writer. Last year’s judge was Richard Ford. This year’s judge TBA.

Eligibility and Guidelines: Short stories, written in English, up to 7,000 words. Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Only previously unpublished stories accepted. Unlimited entries per person. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your story is accepted elsewhere. Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work. Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place are eligible. Author’s name should not appear on manuscript. Include a separate page with story title and name, address, phone, and email of author.

Deadline: November 16, 2009 (postmark). Winner will be announced by March 1, 2010.

Entry Fee: $25

Manuscripts will not be returned.
To enter by mail:

Send your manuscript and check or money order for $25 (made out Tennessee Williams Literary Festival ) to:
Fiction Contest
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

To enter online:

To enter the Fiction Writing Contest, you must begin by paying your entry fee. After paying your $25 entry fee, you’ll be asked to confirm your contact information and submit your entry document. A payment fee and submission form must be completed for each entry. Go to contest to begin.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest

18 June 2009

The Festival is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our One-Act Play Contest.

Grand Prize
* $1,500
* Staged reading at the 24th annual Festival: March 24-28, 2010
* Full production at the 25th annual Festival: March 30-April 3, 2011
* VIP All Access Pass to attend both the 2010 and the 2011 Festival ($1000 value)
* Publication in the University of New Orleans’ literary magazine Bayou

Top Ten Finalists
* Names and play titles are published on
* Complimentary panel pass to attend the 2010 Festival ($60 value)

Guidelines The University of New Orleans produces the winning entry. Plays should run no more than one hour in length and must not have been previously produced, published or performed, including in a formal staged reading. “Workshopped” readings are accepted provided that the audience was limited to participants of that workshop. Production criteria include scripts requiring minimal technical support for a 100-seat theater. Casts of characters must be small, and it is suggested that characters range in age from approximately 20 through 40 years old. Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes. The playwright’s name should not appear in the script. Send two title pages with the text: one affixed to the script with the play’s title only, another unattached with play title and name, address, phone number, and email of playwright.

Plays must be typed. Entries are judged anonymously. Please do not append professional resumes or biographies to your entry; the judges only consider manuscript quality.

Unlimited entries per person. Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans’ FTCA and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible. Plays that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work. Plays submitted to this contest in previous years that did not win are eligible. Plays that have won any other playwriting contest are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your play is accepted elsewhere.

Entry Fee: $25

Deadline: November 1, 2009 (postmark). Finalists will be published on this website by March 1, 2010.

To enter by mail, send your script(s) with separate title pages and your check or money order to:
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
One-Act Play Contest
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

Online Payment and entries coming soon.

If you would like confirmation that your manuscript has been received, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your submission materials. Do not send manuscripts certified mail, or signature-required. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Please Note
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival reserves the right to publish all winning contest entries in special edition Festival anthologies and/or collections. All entrants are entitled to student rates on theater tickets and panel passes at the 2010 Festival.

Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Writing Contest

18 June 2009

Create a story composed entirely of dialogue. No narration allowed. Keep it under 3000 words. Winner receives $250 and publication. $10 entry fee for unlimited entries.

For more details, visit the contest site: