Archive for June 20th, 2009

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 The contest is open to all writers, published and unpublished, except writers who have close personal affiliations with Newpo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.