Archive for June 1st, 2009

The Rondeau Roundup Contest

1 June 2009

The Rondeau Roundup, a blog devoted to rondeaus and related forms, has been silent the past few months. To re-launch the blog, we’re having a contest for the best rondeau on the topic of love, submitted by July 15, 2009.

Contest Rules:

Only one rondeau may be submitted per person. No entry fee. Top three rondeaus will be published on the blog ( The first place rondeau will also receive a $35 gift certificate from

For this contest, we’re looking for rondeaus that follow the standard definition, as given on “The rondeau’s form is not difficult to recognize: as it is known and practiced today, it is composed of fifteen lines, eight to ten syllables each, divided stanzaically into a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet. The rentrement consists of the first few words or the entire first line of the first stanza, and it recurs as the last line of both the second and third stanzas. Two rhymes guide the music of the rondeau, whose rhyme scheme is as follows (R representing the refrain): aabba aabR aabbaR.”

Examples of the form: “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

No other poetic form will be accepted for this contest. Non-rhyming rondeaus can be entered, but the blog moderator’s preference is for rhymed and metered rondeaus.

To enter, send a single rondeau (in the body of an e-mail) on the topic of love to rondeauroundup@gmail.comby July 15, 2009.

Winners will be announced on the Rondeau Roundup Blog on July 31, 2009.

The Fifth Annual Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award

1 June 2009

Camber Press is pleased to announce the return of our poetry chapbook award. Our ethos is to publish contemporary poetry exhibiting lucid delivery while not sacrificing emotional depth, mastery of craft, or originality.

First Prize: $1,000 and publication of chapbook

Submission guidelines:
The winning poet will receive $1,000 and have his or her manuscript published by Camber Press, Inc. Only typed manuscripts no greater than 24 pages of original English-language poems will be considered. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and manuscript title. Names should not appear anywhere else. A title page with no biographical information and a table of contents should follow. Simultaneous submissions are allowed if Camber Press is immediately notified of acceptance elsewhere. Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish acknowledgment of receipt. A $15 entry fee payable to Camber Press must accompany all submissions. International submissions are $15 provided they are in US funds on a US bank. Submissions must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2009. The winner will be announced no later than November 1, 2009. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to receive a print announcement of the winner. E-mail us at for more information. Send entries to:

Camber Press Poetry Award, Suite 3F, 1160 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, NY 10708

Other details:

• If poems in your manuscript have been previously published in literary journals or reviews, please include this information in an acknowledgments page. Any manuscript previously published as a whole in book form is not eligible.
• Multiple manuscripts by the same writer will be accepted if submitted with a corresponding entry fee for each work.
• If the poet’s name is present anywhere on the manuscript aside from the cover page, the entry will be disqualified.
• If the poet needs to refer to his/herself during a poem, a pseudonym must be used.
• Please do not send corrections or additions. The winner will be allowed to make revisions before publication.
• Submissions postmarked after August 15, 2009, will not be considered for the competition.
• Total manuscript pages do not translate to an equal number of book pages. Line length, stanza breaks, book sections, type size, margins, and other factors affect the number of pages a finished book will be. If unsure how many pages your book will be or if your manuscript is too long, visit your local library. Look at Camber Press titles and poetry chapbooks from other publishers. By comparing these with your own poems, you can estimate the approximate book length of your manuscript.
• Covers, tables of contents, dedication pages, acknowledgements pages, etc., do not count toward
the total of 24 pages.
• “No greater than 24 pages” does not mean your manuscript need be 24 pages. To date, no poet submitting 24 pages has won the Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award. Please think of your best poems first, manuscript flow second, and “24 pages,” if ever, last.
• If you wish to bind your manuscript(s), please use a paperclip. Folders, binders, “bullnose” clips, and staples are not encouraged.
• Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Do not send a return envelope or return postage. Do not send your only copy of your manuscript.
• To be advised of future Camber Press news, please join our e-mail newsletter list at Camber Press will not sell, trade, or distribute your e-mail address to any other company, organization, or individual. We don’t like spam, either. An e-mail to the same address will remove you from our future mailings.

About Mark Doty, final judge

Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. Doty’s work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Doty lives in New York City and in Houston, Texas, where he is John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the graduate program at the University of Houston. In the fall of 2009, he will join the faculty at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Poemeleon Call for Submissions

1 June 2009

Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry is now accepting submissions for Volume IV Issue 1, the gender issue, and for the Mystery Box Contest.

In addition to poems, we are looking for relevant essays and interviews pertaining to the topic of gender. What we are looking for: Work that explores gender and the lived-in body, our perception of ourselves, others’ perceptions of us. Please interpret this broadly.

We are not accepting unsolicited book reviews at this time.

Please submit work only via the online submission form.

For full guidelines and to submit work please go here:


For the Mystery Box Contest please go here:


All styles/forms welcomed, but please browse recent issues to get a feel for what we like.

Current and former contributors include Sherman Alexie, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Tony Barnstone, Catherine Daly, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Richard Garcia, Eloise Klein Healy, Bob Hicok, Major Jackson, Dorianne Laux, Sarah Maclay, Charles Harper Webb, and Cecilia Woloch.

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The Laureate Prize for Poetry

1 June 2009

Each year The Laureate Prize for Poetry will honor one new poem that TNPR believes has the greatest chance, of those entered, of standing the test of time and becoming part of the literary canon. To enter, submit up to three of your best unpublished, uncommitted (not promised for first publication elsewhere) poems (10 page total maximum per group of three), along with your email address for results (no SASEs,please), contact information, a brief bio, and a $15 fee for each set of up to three poems entered.

Fee: $15.00. * Postmark deadline: 8/31/09. Personal checks only, please; NO money orders.


C. J. Sage, TNPR, Post Office Box 2080, Aptos, California 95001-2080

The winner will receive $600 plus publication in The National Poetry Review.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the work is selected by TNPR for the prize or for publication, it must be withdrawn from elsewhere unless you have withdrawn it from us two weeks before our acceptance. Multiple submissions are acceptable with a reading fee for each group of three poems. Page limit per group: 10

Please note that close friends, relatives, and students of the judge or the editor are not eligible for the prize. The judge will be asked to send back to TNPR’s editor any poem that s/he recognize