Archive for June 7th, 2009

Tamarack Award

7 June 2009

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 Must be an original, unpublished work of short fiction.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 2009 issue. Minnesota Public Radio will reserve the right to broadcast a reading of the winning story.


Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize

7 June 2009

Sponsored by Fiction Collective Two (FC2) and American Book Review

Announcing the Winner of the 2008 Prize: Museum of the Weird by Amelia Gray

The 2009 contest will be open from August 15 – November 1.


The Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any writer of English who is a citizen of the United States and who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, former or current students or close friends of the final judge for 2009, to be announced, are ineligible to win the contest. Employees and Board members of FC2 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, Brian Evenson, Noy Holland, Lance Olsen (Chair), Susan Steinberg, and Michael Martone.

The winning manuscript in 2009 was chosen from the finalists by Lidia Yuknavitch, a member of the FC2 Board of Directors.

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 2009. All entries must be postmarked no later than 1 November 2009. The winner will be announced May 2010.


The Prize includes $1,000 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 either TWO hardcopies of the manuscript, or ONE hardcopy and one Word file of the manuscript on a labeled CD.

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 and contact information;
— 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.

We strongly advise 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 the American Book Review for the mandatory reading fee of $25, should be sent to:

Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize
American Book Review
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Houston-Victoria
3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901-5731

Oklahoma Writing @ Sugar Mule Call for Submissions

7 June 2009

Announcing a Special Issue of Sugar Mule
Writing Oklahoma into the 21st Century

We invite all writers currently living in Oklahoma to submit to this special issue of Sugar Mule; all genres are solicited. Only writers who are current residents of Oklahoma may submit. While the editor does not require that Oklahoma is topic or theme of the writing (the editor wishes to encourage experimental submissions), she will admit to a bias for stories, poems, and essays that capture the near-ineffable oddness and beauty and pain of living in the State. All work submitted will be considered for the Sugar Mule Oklahoma Special Edition (February 2009); Mongrel Empire Press, in partnership with Sugar Mule, is also planning an expanded, print edition and all submissions will be considered for the print edition as well.

three to five poems (no more than 15 pages)
up to 15 pages of prose, fiction and/or non-fiction
(page counts are based on 12 point Times New Roman, double-spaced)


Sugar Mule does not pay for accepted work(s) at this time.
We wish had grant or advertising money to pay for such–we are always exploring possibilities so check back if that is a concern for you.

Sugar Mule wishes to use only new material not seen before elsewhere on the internet.

As to rights, you retain all rights to your work; we retain none.

Otherwise, we welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, and all genres of non-fiction–however search engine restrictions force SM to put certain words in this form: “f—” for example.

Submit ONLY VIA EMAIL with the actual submission included as an email file attachment. You MUST write “SUGAR MULE OK ISSUE SUBMISSION” IN THE SUBJECT HEADER. Send submissions to the Oklahoma Special Issue
editor, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish at

DO NOT send submissions for the Oklahoma Writing Issue to the Sugar Mule main address.

In your file attachment be SURE to include YOURNAME and EMAIL ADDRESS on every page of the attached file
send files in any version of an MS Word, iWork Pages, rtf, ascii, html or .txt file to:

If accepted you will be required to bracket any italicized or bolded words in your work with the HTML marks and ; and and , respectively–but you can submit work without doing that.

NOTE: if your poetry uses irregular lines that are horizontally spaced like:
the rain
in Spain

DO NOT send them with the spacing dependent on the word-processing MARGIN RIGHT command or TABS; REPLACE all such with spacing based on the space bar;–the reason is that it is difficult to reproduce such spacing in HTML code for the website unless it is done with the space bar.

For the Oklahoma Special Issue, email submissions to Jeanetta Calhoun Mish:


Call for Submissions: Umbrella

7 June 2009

Umbrella, the “supremely rereadable electronic journal,” is now reading for our fall issue, online September 1st, 2009.

For fall, we are reading both unthemed and themed poetry and prose. For the themed section, we are looking for poems that have something to do with school subjects, e.g., history, geography, science, math, languages, Psych 101, whatever and et cetera. Understand, we are not looking for retrospective poems that deal with your school days, but rather poems that encounter the subjects themselves. We welcome your submissions.

Please see the submit page for complete guidelines and specific needs and preferences.

Deadline: August 10, 2009

Fourth River Award for Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

7 June 2009

We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction that capture the places—natural, built and imagined, urban, rural or wild—where humans and nature converge and collide.

First place winner in each category will be published in the Fourth River and will receive a $500 cash prize upon publication.

Contest judges to be announced.

Contest Guidelines

Submissions should be postmarked no later than October 15, 2009

Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible. Students, faculty and employees of Chatham University are not eligible.

Include a title page with your name, address, phone number and the title of your submission(s). Your name must not appear on the actual manuscript.

The reading fee is $5 for three poems or one essay (7,000 word maximum), and includes a copy of Issue 7. Please make checks payable to Chatham University. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each submission must be accompanied by a reading fee. Manuscripts will not be returned. (Please note: the reading fee does not apply to regular submissions.)

Send your submission, your reading fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

The Fourth River
Chatham University
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Attention: Fourth River Award for (please insert genre here–Poetry or Nonfiction).


7 June 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 Festival Second Annual Fiction Writing Contest

7 June 2009

The Festival is pleased to announce the second annual Fiction Writing Contest. We are now accepting submissions by mail. Online submissions coming soon.

Grand Prize


VIP All Access Festival Pass ($500 value) for the 24th annual Festival: March 25-29, 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

Top Ten Finalists will be published on this website and read by a celebrity author. (Author TBA).

Eligibility: 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.

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

Final Round Judge TBA.

Send to:
Fiction Contest
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

Online payment and entries coming soon.

Entry Fee: $25

Manuscripts will not be returned.


7 June 2009

Submissions are now open:

Official Rules

First Prize: $100 and fifty copies of your chapbook
Entry Fee is $15 per Chapbook
Deadline: Postmark October 15, 2009.

1. Submit between 10-24 pages of poetry.(One page = maximum 38 lines, including spacing between lines). (Manuscripts either too short or too long will be disqualified.)
2. All contestants receive copy of winning chapbook.
3. No names are to appear on poems.
4. Send two cover pages:
A. One cover page (and acknowledgement page if you wish to send one) should contain title of manuscript, name, address, phone and e-mail.
B. Second cover page should list TITLE ONLY.
5. Manuscripts should be paginated and secured with a binder clip.
6. Poems may have been previously published in journals, which should be credited on a separate, removable page.
7. Manuscript, as a whole, must be previously UNpublished.
8. #10 SASE for results only.
9. No manuscripts will be returned.
10. If your manuscript is being simultaneously submitted to other competitions, please notify us if accepted elsewhere. Your ms. can be pulled but unfortunately your entry fee cannot be refunded.

· Initial and final judging will be “blind.”
· Identifying cover sheet and acknowledgement page will be removed before submission to any of the judges. Previously published poems should be credited.
· You may choose to list the TITLE ONLY of the chapbook on all pages of your submission.
· You may submit a Table of Contents. No name on this page.
· We request a binder clip for ease of separation. No staples or plastic covers please.
· Be sure to keep your address current until after publication so you can be notified or receive a copy of the winning chapbook.
· Winner notified by December 15, 2009.
· Results including winner and top five finalists listed on web site by December 15th.
· We will consult with winner before publication about details of publication.
· Chapbook will be 5 1/2 x 8″, professionally printed and saddled-stitched.

Publication in Winter 2009 by Sheltering Pines Press

Mail entries, with entry fee of $15 (check or money order please) to:
Sheltering Pines Press
4th Annual Chapbook Competition
P.O. Box 1344
Kennebunk, ME 04043