Archive for June, 2009

2009 Springfield Writers’ Guild Annual Literary Contests

15 June 2009


Each of the following three categories will have a $100 first place prize winner and two honorable mentions. All winners will receive a certificate. There is a $2 fee for each entry. See Guidelines Section for full details.

Poetry can use any subject and any form limited to one single spaced page
Fiction can use any subject limited to 1,500 words
Non-Fiction can use any subject limited to 1,500 words

Each of the remaining nine categories have four awards:

$20 First Place
$10 Second Place
Third Place
Honorable Mention

There is a $1 fee for each entry.

Prose: Prose entries are limited to 1,000 words
Essay or Article — Ozarks Related
Short Story — Any Genre
Humor — Any Subject
Essay or Opinion Piece

Poetry: Poetry entries are limited to one single spaced page
Rhyming — Any Subject and Any Form
Comic Verse — Any Form
Free Verse — Any Subject
Haiku — Traditional (5, 7, 5 — Nature Theme)

Guidelines for Entries:

All entries must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant.
Do not enter the same prose or poetry in more than one category.
All manuscripts must be typed on 8 1/2 X 11 paper in standard manuscript form.
Prose must be double spaced.
Poetry must be single spaced.
Except for Haiku, all entries must have a title.
Place the category name and number, plus the number of words (for prose) in the upper left corner of each entry. List the poetry form where applicable.

DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE ENTRY. Include a cover sheet listing ALL entries by category name and number, title, and the first line of the manuscript or poem. Put your name, address, phone number and e-mail address on the cover sheet. Keep all originals, no copies will be returned. No entries or winners will be published.

Winners will be announced and awards given at the October, 2009 regular SWG meeting or mailed to those unable to attend.

DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009. SWG is not responsible for lost, misdirected, or postage-due entries.

For a list of winners, please include a SASE with you entry.

No limit on entries per category. However, no entrant may win more than one award per category entered, regardless of the number of entries.

Jerry Wible, SWG Contest
2987 E. Kemmling Lane
Springfield, MO 65804

For more information: E-Mail OR


Creative Writing Challenge – Flash Fiction

15 June 2009

Writers are challenged to create stories 1,000 words or less and accumulate points based on their placement in each round of the competition. Every writer that registers will compete in at least 2 challenges, and writers can compete in as many as 4 challenges based on their placement in each round. Feedback from the judges will be provided for every story submitted and a special peer review forum will be created where writers can comment on each other’s stories.

For more information, visit

Literal Latté Contests

15 June 2009

Short Short Contest – $500 Prize – June 30th deadline

Poetry Awards – $1000/$300/$200 Prizes – July 15th deadline

Essay Awards – $1000/$300/$200 Prizes – Sept. 15th deadline

See for details.

Diamonds and Toads Fairy Tale Contest

14 June 2009

Starting July 1, 2009 and ending at midnight, July 31, 2009, I will be holding a writing contest on my blog,

The contest will require writers to retell “Sleeping Beauty” in 1,000 words or less. Entries that are too early, too late or too long will be automatically disqualified.

The prize will be a one-of-a-kind box that will feature the fairy tale as a theme. It’s value will be about $50.00 It will be handmade by an artist.

The story cannot have been published elsewhere prior to its publication on It will be published on the blog in early August and will remain there indefinitely. Once the winning story is published, the author will be free to publish it anywhere else.

The story must be young-adult in tone, but G-rated. It should not be geared to small children.

No artwork will be accepted.

No critiques will be offered, nor will explanations. Emails demanding to know why the author did not win will be ignored.

The published story will be open to blog reader comments.

No students who have been in my classes at IUSB are eligible (they will know who they are). is a non-profit site dedicated to the enjoyment, study and analysis of fairy tales. It is part of my teaching efforts at IUSB. I gain nothing from this contest beyond the enjoyment of it. I will be purchasing the prize myself, and I will bear all competition costs.

There is no entry fee.

It is open to people in the US only. Entrants must be 18 or older. Contest

14 June 2009

Guidelines at

We will have our first-ever writing contest during 2009. The subject of the contest is “Alley Cats and Alley Rats”. The contest will be judged by the entire membership of folioalley. Winner to be announced on December 15, 2009. You will find the rules for this contest listed below.

Leveler Call for Submissions

14 June 2009

LEVELER, an online poetry journal, is currently considering submissions for its inaugural issue.

LEVELER welcomes your work year-round. Send only one previously unpublished poem as a Microsoft Word attachment to We will not read cover letters. If you’d like to be available for comment from our readers, include your email address at the bottom of the poem and, should your poem be published, we’ll post this information along with it. Feel free to submit your poem simultaneously, but do inform us at the above email address in the event of its acceptance elsewhere. Please wait to send more work until you’ve heard back from us; also, we ask that you limit submissions to no more than three times a year. Usual response time is four months. Thank you for your interest in LEVELER.

Scion Press Vampire Anthology

14 June 2009

Can you bring your vampires to life? Do they practically leap off the page to grab your reader and make him feel passion, fear, or perhaps a new reality? If so, we are seeking your stories or poems.

Scion Press is accepting new, original stories and poetry featuring vampires for an Anthology of vampire stories and poems which is planned for publication May 2010. Accent for these stories and poems should be placed on original, non-derivative, non-fan-fiction. All submissions should be edited within an inch of their lives since we are not interested in providing proofreading services. In hopes of more careful editing we are charging a reading fee, which will be reimbursed for author’s whose stories/poems are accepted into the Anthology. Publication in our Anthology will get your writing exposure, and you will receive a contributor copy.

Submissions will be accepted until August 28, 2009. For full information, visit our website:

Note that Scion Press publishes exclusively for online distribution through Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Amazon EU.

Reading fee reimbursed for authors whose work is chosen for inclusion, contributor copy, exposure

2009 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award

9 June 2009


RopeWalk Press will award a prize of $1000 for a poetry chapbook written in English submitted under the following guidelines.

Each submission must:

Be available for exclusive book-length publication by RopeWalk Press. Poems published individually in journals or magazines may be included. Previously self-published chapbooks and translations are not eligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the manuscript is published/accepted by another press while under consideration, the author must promptly notify RWP in writing to withdraw the entry.

Include an entry fee of $15 ($5 for each additional manuscript submitted). This non-refundable fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook. Make check or money order payable to RopeWalk Press.

List the author’s name, street address, phone number, email address (if applicable), title of manuscript(s), and individual poem titles (table of contents) on a cover page.

List only the title of manuscript and poem on each page thereafter.

Consist of no more than 35 pages (no more than one poem per page) per each individual submission.

Be addressed to Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, RopeWalk Press, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712.

Be postmarked by July 15, 2009.

Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will also be posted on the RWP web site.

All submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. All rights revert to the writer upon publication.

Delfino Prize for Queer Genre Fiction

9 June 2009

Winner receives $50 and publication in the January issue Collective Fallout

Finalists will all be published in the January or following July issuesCollective Fallout

Eligible stories must be queer-themes, between 3,000 and 10,000 words and fit into one or more of the following genres: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, or Science Fiction.

Entry fee is $5 per story. Multiple submissions up to 3 stories are accepted. Make payments via Paypal to

Reading period is June 15 – October 15.

Finalists will be announced on the blog between November 1 & 15.

The winner (selected from those finalists) will be informed early in December, and announced in the January issue

Call for Submissions for Issue 3: Chickenpinata, a journal of poetry

9 June 2009

Inspired by a recent trip across the Mississippi River, the editors of Chickenpinata are accepting poems for the “Bridges” theme until Friday, June 26.

We want to see poems that take both literal and metaphorical approaches to bridges–what do they mean? What is crossed over? Where are you once you’ve crossed? Etc. Writers may interpret this theme broadly. Please indicate the theme in your subject heading: e.g. “Submission–Your Name–Bridges.”

Any poetry received that is not bridge-related in some way will be kept in the slush pile for consideration for Issue 4, due in October.

Please see the complete guidelines for submission at

Deadline: June 26
Publication: July 15

The First Annual Robert & Adele Schiff Prose and Poetry Prizes

9 June 2009

The Cincinnati Review will award a single poem and a prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) with publication and a prize of $300 each. Writers may submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 6,000 words of prose, per entry. Previously published manuscripts, including works that have appeared online (in any form), will not be considered. There are no restrictions as to form, style, or content; all entries will be Entry fee is $15, which includes one copy of the Summer 2010 prize issue. Checks should be made payable to The Cincinnati Review. Submissions will be accepted by mail from June 1st to July 31st 2009 (postmarked). Entries must include a cover letter with the writer’s name, mailing address, telephone number, email, and the title(s) of the work(s) submitted. Please do not include the writer’s contact info on the manuscript, as submissions will be judged blindly.

Schiff [Poetry or Prose] Prize
The Cincinnati Review
P.O. Box 210069
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0069

Winners will be notified October 1st, and an announcement will appear on our website and in the Winter 2010 issue.

Elixir Press Tenth Annual Poetry Contest

8 June 2009

Elixir Press is sponsoring a poetry contest open to all poets writing in English. There will be a Judge’s Prize of $2,000 and an Editors’ Prize of $1,000. Both winning manuscripts will be published by Elixir Press. All entries will be considered for publication. An outside judge, to be announced later, will make the final decision for the first prize. The editors will make the final decision for the second prize.

Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the page and on standard paper. No dot matrix unless letter quality.

Send a business size SASE for reply only; manuscripts cannot be returned. An SAS postcard for receipt of manuscript is optional.

Please use a 12 to 14 point font.

Do not send the only copy of your manuscript.

Do not send biographical material, photographs, CDs, videos, or illustrations.

Enclose a cover sheet stating the name of the manuscript and the author’s name,address, and telephone number and a cover sheet with the title alone.

Manuscripts must be paginated and include a table of contents and and acknowledgments page if appropriate.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, so long as Elixir is notified immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages in length.

Please secure your manuscript with either a binder clip or file folder. Do not otherwise bind your manuscript.

The entry fee is $25.
The postmark deadline for the contest is October 31, 2009.

Submit to:
Elixir Press
P. O. Box 27029
Denver, CO 80227

Contact us at

Two Review 2009 POETRY CONTEST

8 June 2009


1ST PRIZE: $100 2ND PRIZE: $50 3RD PRIZE: $25

Prizes include publication in the 2010 issue of Two Review. All submissions considered for publication.

Sholeh Wolpé is a poet, visual artist and playwright. She is the author of Sin – Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad (University of Arkansas Press), The Scar Saloon (Red Hen Press), Rooftops of Tehran (Red Hen Press), Shame (a play in three acts), and has a Poetry CD featuring poems read by the author and set to traditional Persian music (Refuge Studios). She is the associate editor of The Norton Anthology of Modern Literature from the Muslim World (Norton, 2010), the editor of The Atlanta Review – Iran Issue (2010), and her poems, translations, essays and reviews have appeared in scores of literary journals, periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and have been translated into several languages. Wolpé was born in Iran but spent most of her teen years in the Caribbean and Europe, ending up in the U.S. where she pursued Masters degrees in Radio-TV-Film (Northwestern University) and Public Health (Johns Hopkins University). She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about Wolpé by visiting

Submission Guidelines: Send up to five (5) unpublished poems, bio-sketch, SASE, email address, and a $10.00 check made out to Cold Press Publishing to: Two Review Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 200639, Anchorage, Alaska 99520.

Deadline: July 31, 2009.

Two Review is a journal of international poetry and creative nonfiction published annually. Traditional and modern forms, lyrical and narrative approaches, and conventional or experimental styles are all welcome. All subject matter is considered as long as the attention to craft is high and the language is grammatically strong, syntactically unique, and illuminates in some way the human experience. Writing about the modern world, its inhabitants, and the events that shape them, from the personal day-to-day experiences of work and family life to worldwide events that affect us all, is preferred. During the course of 2008 the editors reviewed 7,000+ submissions from more than 1,000 poets and writers. The 2009 issue represents the work of poets and writers from 21 U.S. states and 6 countries.

Two Review is featured at select independent booksellers across the U.S. Copies are also submitted to non-lending libraries at national poetry centers including The University of Arizona Poetry Center, Richard Hugo House in Seattle, The Poetry Center of Chicago, The Stadler Center for Poetry in Pennsylvania, and Poets House in New York City.

Writers Alliance of Gainesville Bacopa Annual Literary Journal Contest

8 June 2009

Contest Submission Period: July 1 through October 31, 2009

Prizes (Each Genre)
First Place–$350.00
Second Place–$75.00
Honorable Mention–Authors and Titles listed in Bacopa.
First and Second Place winners and selected Honorable Mention winners will be published.
All authors whose work is published in Bacopa will receive one free copy.

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

Categories and Word Limits
Fiction—3,300 words
Non-Fiction—3,300 words
Poetry—50 lines per poem
Poetry—Submit up to three poems per contest submission
Submissions that exceed the word or line count will not be considered.

No limit to the number of submissions a person may submit in any category
Each separate entry requires an Entry Fee
Each entry requires a separate Entry Form (see below)

Manuscripts in English and Unpublished at the time of submission
(Please notify Bacopa via email if your submission is accepted elsewhere.)
WAG Membership is not required

Method of Transmission
Email Attachment(s) ONLY—NO mailed, paper manuscripts
Subject Line should read: CONTEST Fiction, or Non-Fiction, or Poetry
Name the attached manuscript file with the GENRE/TITLE of the manuscript (e.g. Poetry/Love Note in the Snow)
Save the file in .rtf or .doc ONLY
Email the file as an attachment using our online Entry Form
Complete an Entry Form for each submission (See link below and follow instructions in the form.)

Manuscript Format—Fiction and Non-Fiction
One inch Margins, all sides, .05 Paragraph Indent, Right justified
12-point type in Arial or Times New Roman ONLY
Cover Page: The first page of our document should contain your Name, Address, Email, Phone, Title, Word Count
Page 1 and following: Title/Page Numbers Upper Right
Page 1: Word Count under Title/Page Number
Save the File in .rtf or .doc ONLY
(NOTE: Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.)

Manuscript Format—Poetry
You can send up to three poems per submission. Up to 50 lines per poem.
Poems need not be double-spaced
12-point type in Arial or Times New Roman ONLY
Cover Page: The first page of your document should contain your Name, Address, Email, Phone, and the Title and Line Count for each poem.
Subsequent Pages: Put line count in upper right corner for each poem.
Save the file in .rtf or .doc ONLY. Name the file “Poetry Contest Submission.”
(NOTE: Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.)

Entry Form available at

Fill out a separate Entry Form for each submission. Follow instruction on the Entry Form.

Entry Fees
Writers Alliance of Gainesville (WAG) Members in good standing, your first submission in any genre is FREE. You will also receive a Free copy of Bacopa.
WAG Members–Additional Submissions are $9 each
All Others–$11 each submission

You can remit payment by two methods: PayPal or Personal Check. After filling out the online entry form, you will have an opportunity to use PayPal to submit your payment. This is our preferred method.
To pay by Personal Check. Make your check payable to: Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

Mail to:
WAG Contest
PO Box 358396
Gainesville, FL 32635

Submissions not following all the above guidelines will not be considered.

Payment must be received by the contest submission deadline, 10/31/09, in order for entries to be considered.

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

The Mom Egg Call for Submissions

5 June 2009

We are currently seeking submissions for a special online issue of The Mom Egg, a literary journal, to be released in Fall 2009. Deadline for poetry, fiction, creative prose and art for this issue is July 31, 2009. We are also accepting submissions of other material, such as reviews and interviews. Submission guidelines may be found on the website,

The Mom Egg publishes work by mothers about everything, and by everyone about mothers and motherhood.


5 June 2009

Super Arrow is looking to foster potential literature escapades for our glittering, millennial universe. This online publication is based in St. Louis, Missouri, and will have a printed component as its momentum builds. We are looking to publish writing of all sorts, (both creative and more occasionally critical), as well as visual and audio art. Submit to

The publication will be centered on a particular “assignment” for each issue, and is designed to be a generative, community-based entity, more than an exclusively exhibitive one.

If the first assignment doesn’t particularly grab you, consider keeping an eye out for future assignments that might not let you go, (hopefully in a good way). It’s my intention that each issue be curated more than edited, based on the diverse personalities and aesthetics of submissions received. If you know someone who might be into what Super Arrow is into, please forward them the url.

For the inaugural assignment (THIS IS NOT MY SPECIALITY), and a longer mission statement, head to the blog, which can be found at The submission deadline for the first issue will be August 15th.

Narrative Magazine Story and Poetry Contests

4 June 2009

Spring 2009 Story Contest

Our spring contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

Narrative’s First Annual Poetry Contest

Narrative’s first annual poetry contest runs from now until July 18. In a continuing effort to encourage and support poetry, we’re offering prizes, publication to the top three winners, and a public announcement of all winners and finalists via the Internet and in hard-copy literary trade publications. Wide attention will be brought to the winners and finalists in the contest. The contest is open to all poets. Entries must be previously unpublished and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. Each entry may contain up to five poems. You may enter as many times as you wish, but we encourage you to be selective and to send your best work. All entries will be considered for publication.