Archive for June 3rd, 2009


3 June 2009
Judged by Porochista Khakpour

Fiction first-prize winner receives $1,000 and publication in issue five of Canteen.
Poetry first-prize winner receives $500 and publication in issue five of Canteen.
Fiction and poetry second-prize winners will also be published in issue five.

How to Enter

Reading fee: $10, which includes a free single issue of your choice. Current subscribers get free entry.
Enter now by purchasing a single issue or a subscription.
Email your submission and any questions to

Contest Rules
Deadline: June 20, 2009
Fiction: Submissions of up to 4,000 words.
Poetry: Submissions of any length (though ideally shorter than Beowulf).

Fiction winners will be chosen by Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects, aNew York Times–acclaimed novel and winner of the 2007 California Book Award.

Poetry winners will be chosen by Canteen’s editors.

Neither contest is open to close personal friends of the judges.

Open Chapbook Competition 2009

3 June 2009

A prize of $1,000 and publication will be awarded by Finishing Line Press for a chapbook-length poetry collection. Open to ALL. Previous publication does not disqualify. All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication. Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $15 entry fee by
Deadline: June 30, 2009 (POSTMARK).

Charles Pratt will final judge.

Winner will be announced on our website in the fall:

Send to:

Finishing Line Press
P O Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324

To pay the entry fee with your credit card, visit

Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest

3 June 2009

Submit manuscript of 16-20 pages of poetry, any subject, to
Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest
2 South New Street
Bradford, MA 01835

Include only one poem per page. If a poem continues to a second page, indicate whether or not there is a stanza break. Thirty-five lines equals one page. Divider pages or section titles should be included in the total page count. When determining total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas (example: a poem of 5 couplets would equal 14 lines). Numbers or section breaks (often indicated by a * symbol) should also be included as lines when calculating total line length. Count an epigraph as three extra lines. A line that has more than 60 characters (including spaces and punctuation) should be counted as two lines of your total line count. If lines are staggered like a Ferlinghetti poem, estimate the width of the line and remember that the final chapbook will be printed in 10 point Times New Roman font on pages that are 5 1/2 inches wide.

Include the following as separate pages: a biography (this can be included in the cover letter), a cover page with contact information, table of contents, dedication, acknowledgments for any previous publications, and an inside title page (with no name). These pages should not be included in the manuscript’s total page count. The cover page should include the manuscript title and all contact information (mailing address, email address, home phone, and cell phone if available). Name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Submit manuscript in a 9 X 12 (or 10 X 13) inch non-padded envelope or USPS priority mail envelope. Please do not use paper clips, binder clips, staples, or report folders.

Please enclose a 9 X 12 (or 10 X 13) inch SASE with correct postage if you want your whole manuscript returned. For notification of results only, include a #10 inch business SASE. If there is no SASE, notification will be sent via email. If there is no SASE and no email address, there will be no notification. Please notify us of any change of address, as a copy of the winning chapbook will be mailed six to nine months after the announcement.

All submissions should be postmarked no later than June 30, 2009. Winners will be announced on or soon after September 30, 2009.

Please enclose an $11.00 reading fee payable to THE ANABIOSIS PRESS.

Winner will receive $100 plus 75 copies of the first run.

All who enter will receive a copy of the winning chapbook.

The 2009 Autumn House Poetry and Fiction Contests

3 June 2009

Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Contest judged by Alicia Ostriker
Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Fiction Contest judged by Sharon Dilworth
— The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2009 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh.
— The deadline is June 30, 2009.
— We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
— All finalists will be considered for publication.
— The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Alicia Ostriker.
— The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Sharon Dilworth.
— All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible. Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
— If you wish to be informed of the results of the competition, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
— Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
— All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize” or “Fiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
— Twenty five dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
— Send manuscript and $25.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press
PO Box 60100
Pittsburgh, PA 15211


3 June 2009


Deadline Postmark June 30, 2009

Winner & Honorable Mentions published Fall/Winter 2009 issue of HEART
$10 covers 3 poems, reserves your copy of Fall/Winter 2009 issue.
Insightful, immersing, pictorial moments, unpublished modern free verse or prose poem.
Include name, address, phone, E-mail optional, on each page.
SASE or Web site announces winners, poems discarded.

Nostalgia Press
2003 Broughton St., Orangeburg, SC 29115.

Sample copy HEART – $5


3rd Wordstock Short Fiction Competition

3 June 2009

Wordstock, Portland’s annual festival of writers, books, and storytelling, is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 3rd Wordstock Short Fiction Competition.

The national contest is a “double blind” competition. The judges, a collection of writers, academics, publishers, bookstore owners, and literary critics, will choose 10 finalists. The winner of the competition receives a first prize of $1,000 and publication in the October 2009 issue of Portland Monthly magazine. All 10 finalists’ stories will be published in the Wordstock Ten, an anthology that will be available at the festival, at Portland-area bookstores, and online through the Wordstock website. Every writer who enters the competition will receive a copy of the anthology.

The final judge for this year’s competition will be Oregon essayist, author, and short-story writer Barry Lopez. Mr. Lopez is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay Medal, fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundations, and many other honors, including the National Book Award.

Submission guidelines
– All short stories must be works of fiction written in English
– Stories must be an original work and not previously published
– The entry fee is $25 per short story entry
– There are no genre restrictions
– Manuscripts are to be typed, double-spaced, on 8.5” x 11” paper
– Stories should be no less than 1,500 and no more than 4,000 words
– Each submission must have a cover sheet with the writer’s contact information—do not put this information on the manuscript.
– No manuscript will be returned
– Entries that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified

Submit your entry by mail to:
Wordstock short fiction competition
C/o Franklin, Beedle & Assoc.
8536 SW St Helens Dr., Suite D
Wilsonville, OR 97070.

Please make your entry fee check payable to Wordstock. All entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2009,

Last year’s competition drew over 300 entries from all over the world. The 1st place winner, Kurt Rheinheimer of Roanoke, Virginia, won $1,000 and had his story, “Calendar Girl Arrested, Freed” published in the December 2009 issue of Portland Monthly.