Archive for July, 2009

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

28 July 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


Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Competition 2009

28 July 2009

Winner receives $1,000
and 50 copies of chapbook
Each entrant also receives a copy of the winning chapbook.

Entry Fee is $25 per Chapbook

Deadline: Postmark September 30, 2009
Contest 2009 Final Judge: Kathleen Bryce Niles
All chapbooks are screened by the editors of The Comstock Review

Submit Manuscripts only between August 1 & September 30 to:

Chapbook Contest, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215.


1. Submissions must be unpublished as a collection, but individual poems may have been previously published in journals. We will consider simultaneous submissions as long as the poet notifies us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
2. Submit 25-34 pages of poetry, one single-spaced page equals 38 lines maximum, including spacing between lines. Poems may run longer than 1 page.
3. Do not count title page, acknowledgments, dedication, or bio in the page count Manuscripts either too short or too long will be disqualified.
4. Do not send illustrations, photos, or any other graphics attached to the poems. You may submit a table of contents, which may list the manuscript name only, not the poet’s name (not counted in page total for manuscript). Manuscripts should be paginated and secured with a binder clip; no staples or plastic covers.
5. Include 2 cover pages: 1 with manuscript title, poet’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; second with title only.
6. List acknowledgments on a separate, removable page with same identifying information. Acknowledgement page is not sent to screening editors.
7. Poet’s name should not appear on poems.
8. Include #10 SASE for results only. NO manuscripts will be returned.


*Words of Explanation have been added due to numerous e-mail requests. We don’t mean to be confusing!

* PAGE LENGTH: Poems may be more than one page but each page should not contain more than 38 lines & spaces. Title of poem is not counted in poem’s length on a page. Poems should not be double spaced. Total amount of pages of poetry should be between 25 and 34 pages.
(Do not count title page, acknowledgements, dedication or bio in the page length. Do not send illustrations, photos or any other graphics attached to the poems.)

Initial and final judging will be “blind.” The manuscript is judged on its own merits, not publication credits or name of author.
Identifying cover sheet and acknowledgement page will be removed before submission to any of the judges. However, it is important that previously published poems are credited on the removable acknowledgement sheet.
(*None of these pages will be counted in manuscript length)
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as the poet notifies us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere so his or her manuscript does not keep another from the finalists sent to the judge.
You may choose to list the TITLE ONLY of the chapbook on all pages of your submission. (*This does not count in 38 lines of “poetry.”)
You may submit a Table of Contents, which can list the manuscript name only — not the poet’s name. (*Again, not counted in length of manuscript.)
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 end of December 2009.
Results, including winner and top finalists, will be listed on web site by date of notification of winner.
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 Spring of 2010 will meet standards of The Comstock Review and Editor Emerita, Kathleen Bryce Niles

Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred

28 July 2009

What is poetry of the sacred?

Poetry that expresses, directly or indirectly, a sense of the holy or that, by its mode of expression, evokes the sacred. The tone may be religious, prophetic, or contemplative.

Contest Guidelines
Deadline for submissions: Received by December 31, 2009.
First Prize, $500; Three Honorable Mention Prizes, $100 each.
Winning Poems will be published in The Merton Seasonal, a publication of scholarly articles about noted spiritual leader Thomas Merton and will be posted on the Merton Institute web site:
Only ONE unpublished poem type written in English may be submitted.
Please limit the poem to no more than 100 lines.
Type your name, address, phone number, FAX number, email address, and the title of your poem on a cover page. Attach (1) one copy of your titled poem to the cover page.
Submit your poem on a page with no identifying information. All identifying information should be on your cover page.
Submit poem to: Merton Institute, 2117 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40206 or email to: as a Word 2003 document attachment.
No Faxed entries will be accepted.
No poems will be returned.
Poems will be judged on literary excellence, spiritual tenor, and human authenticity.
Winners will be announced by April 1, 2010. Please visit the Institute website for contest results.
All contestants will be notified via email of the contest results.

The Paumanok Poetry Award

28 July 2009

The Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State College is pleased to announce the nineteenth annual competition for The Paumanok Poetry Award

One First Prize $1500 and expenses for a reading in our 2010 – 2011 series
Two Second Prizes $750 and expenses for a reading in our series

Interested writers should send the following items to Margery L. Brown, English Department, Knapp Hall, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New York 11735:

a cover letter
a one-paragraph bio
3-5 of their best poems (no more than 10 pages, total)
the required $25 entry fee
Poems may be published or unpublished, and there are no restrictions on style, subject matter, or length of poems submitted: quality is the single criterion. Please note that the writer’s name, address, and phone number should be clearly indicated on the cover page. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Entries from previous winners will not be considered.

Make checks payable to Farmingdale State College, VWP.

Poems will not be returned, but writers who want to know the results of the competition via snail mail should enclose a business-size SASE for results (notification by late December). Results are also published on this website.

Deadline: Postmark no later than September 15, 2009.

The Ledge 2009 Poetry Chapbook Competition

28 July 2009

PRIZE: Winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award and 25 copies of the published chapbook.

SUBMIT: 16-28 pages of original poetry with title page, biographical note and acknowledgements, if any. Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number (optional). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Poets may enter more than one manuscript.

ENTRY FEE: $18. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon its publication in the fall of 2010.

NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge Press is open to all styles and forms of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion.

PLEASE include a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. The winner will be announced in March 2010.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: October 31, 2009.

The Ledge 2009 Poetry Chapbook Competition,
40 Maple Ave.,
Bellport, NY 11713

Oregon Writers Colony Annual Contests

28 July 2009

Go to for full details.

Deadline for submissions for both contests is August 15, 2009.

Short Stories Both True and Imagined (fiction and non-fiction)

Awards: 1st place-$200, 2nd place-$100, 3rd place-$50, 1st Honorable Mention-Certificate of Achievement, Additional Honorable Mention credited in “Colonygram” and on the website

First place winners of both fiction and non-fiction are feature on the cover of “Colonygram.” All winners are listed in” Colonygram” and on our website.

All winners are invited to read from their winning entry at the awards ceremony at OWC Presents in October, 2009.

The Elizabeth Bolton Poetry Contest.

Awards: 1st place-$100, 2nd place-$50, 3rd place $25. First, second and third prize poems will be published in “Colonygram.” All winners will be listed inside “Colonygram” and on the website

All winners are invited to read their winning entry at the awards ceremony at “OWC Presents!” in October, 2009

Postmarked deadline is August 15, 2009 Please see our website for complete details:

St. Lawrence Book Award

28 July 2009

Deadline for the St. Lawrence Book Award is August 31

About the St. Lawrence Book Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press awards The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication.

How to Submit

In order to reduce the costs of printing and postage and in the spirit of being a bit greener, Black Lawrence Press now accepts electronic submissions rather than hard copies for our contests.

Please include the following in your electronic submission:

-A cover letter with brief bio and contact information including your e-mail address(es)
-A .rtf, .doc, or .pdf attachment including a title page, an acknowledgments page, a table of contents, and your manuscript with numbered pages.

Email your submission to

Please submit your $25 entry fee via Paypal. You can submit your payment via our website by going to this link and scrolling half way down the page where you will find a Paypal button:

Make sure to submit both your entry and your entry fee by August 31.

For more information about the prize, refer to our website.

6 Women Playwriting Festival ten-minute playwriting contest

28 July 2009

The 6 Women Playwriting Festival proudly announces a ten-minute playwriting contest exploring the theme “MIXED EMOTIONS.”

This fourth annual women’s playwriting festival is sponsored by The Pikes Peak Arts Council, The Pikes Peak Library District and Manitou Arts Theatre (MAT). The festival will be held April 15-18 2010, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1. Any woman 16 or older can enter. Collaborations are accepted.
2. Play must be unpublished and not previously produced. Original works only.
3. Play content must focus on the theme of “MIXED EMOTIONS” and be appropriate for our community and theatre. The reading committee and producing theatre are seeking scripts with the potential for “dynamic staging of richly established characters in original dramatic and comedic relationships”. Please no “ television sitcom situations” or “talking heads”.

Authors of the six chosen plays agree their plays will be produced by The 6 Women Playwriting Festival during April 15-18, 2010.

Cast will be chosen by six community directors and performed by local actors chosen through an audition process.

The six winning playwrights will receive an honorarium of $100.00, accommodations at the festival and a travel stipend to attend the festival.

4. Play scripts must not exceed ten pages.
5. Scripts should be typewritten on standard paper size, bound with staple only. Pages numbered.
6. Submit three copies with title only. Include one unbound sheet which includes title of play, a one –line play description, author’s name, address, email, and phone number. Playwright’s name will not be known to the play-reading panel.
7. Scripts and comments will not be returned to the playwright unless a SASE is provided.
8. Authors may submit no more than two plays.
9. No musicals or children’s plays.
10. Entries are accepted from July 1 to October 31, 2009. Entries postmarked later than October 31, 2009, will not be considered.

Send your submission to:
6 Women Playwriting Festival
Pikes Peak Arts Council
PO Box 1073
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest

26 July 2009

To read the rules and to enter go to

Enter the only WD competition exclusively for poets, the Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards! Regardless of style—rhyming,
free verse, haiku and more—if your poems are 32 lines or fewer, we want them all. Submit your entries by the December 15, 2009 deadline … and your words could be worth cold hard cash!

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100
Fourth Through Tenth Place: $25
Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place:
$50 gift certificate to Writer’s Digest Books

Plus, the names and poem titles of all First- through Tenth-Place
winners will be printed in the August 2010 issue of Writer’s Digest,
and all winners will receive a copy of the 2010 Poet’s Market.

LOVE POEM CONTEST and Fundraiser

26 July 2009

First Prize – $50.00
Second Prize – $30.00
Third Prize – 20.00
Fourth Prize – 1 year subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE
Fifth Prize – 6 month subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE
Sixth Prize – 3 month subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE

$5.00 entry fee up to 3 poems

“ALL” writers welcomed

DEADLINE: November 30, 2009

Email entries and queries to:

PayPal users go to the CONCEIT MAGAZINE Website


Snail mail entries and reading fees to:
Perry Terrell, Editor
Love Poem Contest
P. O. 761495
San Antonio, TX 78245


Perry Terrell, Editor
Love Poem Contest
P. O. Box 884223
San Francisco, CA 94188-4223

Call for Submissions: The Sylvan Echo

26 July 2009

Submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, critical writing, book reviews, and editorials by new and established writers will be accepted through October 20, 2009.The journal is also interested in original artwork and photography. Please read our submission guidelines carefully as we take them very seriously ( We do accept simultaneous submissions. As with all literary journals, we have an aesthetic; we suggest you read the journal prior to submitting. Our newest issue is online at

With the exception of poetry, artwork, and photography, you may submit 1 piece per genre. Should you submit more than one piece per genre, we will ignore your second and subsequent submissions (and will look less than favorably on your first submission, as well).

Submit your work by email to

All work should be sent as an attachment in the following formats: Poetry and prose as 12pt doc or rtf attachments; artwork and photography as the highest resolution bmp, tif, or jpg. We do not accept work submitted in the body of an email or in a docx file format.

List the genre in your subject line, e.g. Submission: poetry.

Each submission must be accompanied by a brief (50-150 word) bio, written in the third person.

By submitting to The Sylvan Echo you are acknowledging that all creative work is original and that you own all rights.

The Consequence Prize in Poetry

26 July 2009

The prize will be awarded for the best poem addressing current war or armed conflict. It will be presented at a poetry event sponsored by CONSEQUENCE magazine at the 2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival on October 17, 2009.

The winner will receive $100, have the selected poem published in both print and online editions of Consequence, be invited to read at the launch of Consequence Magazine’s next print edition, and receive a three years subscription to the magazine.

All poems submitted will be considered for publication in both print and online editions.

Our Judge this year is poet and translator Kevin Bowen who will also present the award.

Submission Guidelines
o No entry fee is required.
o Entry deadline is September 1, 2009.
o All poems must be in English: no translations please.
o Submit up to three original and unpublished poems.
o The total number of pages submitted should not exceed 6 pages.
o Submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter with biographical information, address, phone number and email address.

Email submissions
o Send to: Poetry Editor,
o Email submissions should be in the form of a Microsoft Word document.

Mailed submissions
o Send to: Poetry Editor, Consequence Magazine, P. O. Box 323, Cohasset, MA 02025-0323
o Please include a SASE for notification of results and returns.

Visit our website at

Milwaukee Irish Fest POETRY CONTEST 2009

25 July 2009

Milwaukee Irish Fest is now accepting submissions for the Donn Goodwin and Joseph Gahagen Poetry Prizes.

The Donn Goodwin prize is named after a Wisconsin poet, linguist, and educator who was active in supporting Irish and Irish-American writing and poetry. An award of $100 will be given to the winning poem. This contest is open to all.

The Joseph Gahagan prize of $100 will be awarded in memory of the man who served as poetry consultant to Irish Fest for many years and was a lecturer in the English department of the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Only current residents of Wisconsin are eligible for this prize.

The awards will be given to the entries best reflecting Irish or Irish-American poetry traditions. While the poems do not necessarily need to have direct Irish or Irish-American themes, the winning entries should have a cultural/literary relation to either Ireland or Irish-America.

Submission Rules

Each contestant should submit no more than one poem; however, Wisconsin residents may submit one poem for each contest.

Entries must be received between June 15 and August 1, 2009. All entries must be typewritten and mailed. No handwritten,faxed, or e-mail submissions will be accepted.

Each entry should have a cover sheet that contains the poet’s name, address, telephone number, and/or FAX and/or e-mail address. It should indicate whether the poem is being submitted for the Goodwin or for the Gahagan Prize, and it should be stapled to the entry. The poet’s name or other identifying information should not appear on the poem.

Each entry should be the poet’s original work and should not have appeared previously in any publication.

No entries will be returned. Contestants are urged to keep copies of their submissions and to put a clear return address on the envelope in case of non-delivery.

Send entries to Irish Fest Poetry Contests, c/o Milwaukee Irish Fest, 1532 Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213. The deadline is August 1, 2009.

Winners will be announced on the Hedge School stage at Irish Fest at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, during the poetry events. All entrants who are present will be invited to read their poems. The names of the winning poems and poets will be posted on the Irish Fest Web site ( by September 1 , 2009. Winners who are within the Milwaukee area during this year’s Irish Fest (August 13-16 ) will be notified by August 10 and will be sent free tickets and invited to read their poems at the Fest. Irish Fest is held on the Maier Festival Grounds (Summerfest) on the lakefront in downtown Milwaukee.

Microfiction/Prose Poetry Anthology – Call for Submissions

25 July 2009

I am co-editing a microfiction and prose poetry anthology with Jan Fortune-Wood at Cinnamon Press, and we are calling for submissions on any subject, under 600 words per piece. It is free to submit your work, and you may submit as many pieces as you wish. The anthology is due to be published in 2010. See below for more details.
Submission Call

We are looking for pieces of microfiction, sometimes called short short fiction or flash fiction, and pieces of prose poetry that tell a story in under 600 words. There is no minimum word limit.

Microfiction and prose poetry are very short prose pieces that harness a poetic world but still contain a story with a beginning, middle and end, and imply a lot more than their small structure can contain. They are flashes of something – an epiphany, perhaps – that often subvert expectation and work in a minimal structure. Some argue that there is a definitive boundary between prose poetry and microfiction, but you may submit either for this publication.

You may submit as many pieces as you wish, and those chosen will appear in a new Cinnamon microfiction and prose anthology to be published in late 2010, co-edited by Holly Howitt and Jan Fortune-Wood.

Submission Guidelines

Please read these carefully. Due to the large volume of submissions expected we will only be able to process those submissions that conform to the guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is 15th August 2009. Each piece must be no longer than 600 words. There is no minimum length.

Pieces can be on any subject and you may send several pieces, but please submit them as a single word attachment using a .doc or .rtf format.

You may not submit pieces that have been previously published in book form, but you may submit pieces that have been published online or in journals/magazines, as long as you own full copyright.

Submit pieces to both me at, and Jan Fortune-Wood: with `microfiction anthology’ in the subject line. In the body of the email please type your name and location. Do not submit pieces to my personal email or as a comment on this post.

Submissions without virus protection will not be opened and read so please ensure your virus protection is up to date. We hope to inform everyone who has sent a submission of which pieces will be included by late November 2009. Please ensure that you inform us if your email address changes after sending the submission, or if you wish to withdraw a piece.

The decisions of the editors are final. All those whose work is selected will receive a copy of the anthology.

ART from ART Anthology

25 July 2009

Deadline for submissions: 7/31/09

This collection of short fiction by literary writers aims to feature stories that are connected directly to—or inspired by—a work of art. It could be a song, a painting, a museum, an architectural monument, a blueprint, a piece of writing—a play, novel, poem, letter, etc. The art in question needs to be a major component of the story—a character—within the fabric of the story. Perhaps the idea will be inspired by an event from life or maybe it will be something completely fabricated.

All genres welcome. ART from ART will bring new and established voices and ideas to a fine collection of fiction. I aim to have the art featured on a page either at the beginning or the end of each story—a visual correlative that will enhance the experience. Submit your story and a brief bio via email to Stephen Soucy at Please follow standard submission guidelines (Microsoft Word Document with 12-point font).

Payscale for this project is $100 for the right to publish each author’s story in the anthology, and two copies of the finished book. I’m finding that stories between 2000-5000 words are working best. I’m really looking for a story with a completely developed narative and with finely drawn characters. I’m not looking for a brief 2-page piece, and I’m not open to poetry at this time.


Cartier Street Review Call for Submissions

25 July 2009

Call for Submissions for October 09 issue of The Cartier Street Review. We are considering one print edition yearly now. The Cartier is a quarterly online modern poetry magazine that also accepts art. Please send up to five pieces with a short bio of no more than 35 words. The Cartier Street Review accepts contemporary poetry, articles on contemporary poetry, short prose, poet interviews and poetry and book reviews. We feature emerging and recognized writers alongside overlooked voices. Cartier is international literary magazine and will publish in other languages alongside translation if desired. Please include what type submission in the subject line.

Please query if any questions regarding our interest. We will try to answer all queries in a timely manner.
This is an online quarterly journal that in the future may consider one print edition per year.
No more than 5 submissions per person.

Send submissions to

Northwestern Magazine’s 2010 Short Fiction Contest

24 July 2009

Northwestern University’s alumni magazine, Northwestern, invites submissions of short fiction for its 2010 writing contest from Northwestern alumni and current students.

JUDGE: Stuart Dybek
Dybek, the first Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern, is an award-winning author of fiction and poetry, including the books I Sailed with Magellan and The Coast of Chicago. He received a MacArthur Fellows “genius” grant in 2007.

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000 and publication in Northwestern magazine’s print edition and online; second prize: $500 and publication in Northwestern magazine online; third prize: $250 and publication in Northwestern magazine online.

SUBMISSIONS should not exceed 3,000 words of prose and must be postmarked by July 31, 2009. One entry per person.

MANUSCRIPTS should be original, unpublished, typed, printed on one side and double-spaced. Work should include the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, graduating year and school at Northwestern. Manuscripts will not be returned, so please save a copy before sending.

NOTIFICATION of the status of your submission will be sent by e-mail only on or before Nov. 1, 2009. We cannot take phone calls or respond to questions about submissions.


Short Fiction Contest
Northwestern magazine
John Evans
Alumni Center
1800 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-1800

The Julia Peterkin Award

24 July 2009


The 2010 Julia Peterkin Award is open to all poets writing original works in English. Previously published works are eligible for inclusion in the submission.

Manuscript Format Guidelines

Entries must be typed on quality paper, 8 1/2 by 11. Photocopies or copies from letter-quality printers are acceptable. To enter send up to 10 pages of poetry. In addition, include a cover page with the writer’s name, address, daytime phone number, and title of submission. Also include a one-page biography. Author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.

Entry Requirements

An entry fee of $15 made payable to: Converse College English Department.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2010.

Results will be posted on the award web page. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like direct notification of contest results. Results will be mailed in June of 2010. No manuscripts can be returned.

Send one copy of the manuscript prepared according to format guidelines.

The winner will receive $1000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College. Winner must be willing to read in the Fall 2010 Visiting Writers Series.

Send entries to:
The Julia Peterkin Award
Creative Writing Program
Converse College
580 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize

24 July 2009

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize (formerly the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize) is a collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It sponsors the annual publication of a poetry collection by an American woman poet who has yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea.

In addition, beginning this year, the winner receives the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at theCivitella Ranieri Center, a renowned artists retreat housed in a fifteenth-century castle in Umbertide, Italy.

Submission Guidelines:
• Submitted manuscripts should include two title pages: one containing the author’s name, the author’s contact information, and the title of the collection; and another containing only the title of the collection.
• It is recommended that submitted manuscripts be between 48 and 96 pages. They should be paginated, with the title of the collection included on each page as a header or footer, and fastened with a clip. Please do not staple or permanently bind submissions.
• Submissions may include a page of publication credits. However, they should not include other sorts of acknowledgments, thank-yous, or dedications.
• Submissions must be primarily in English to be considered. Translations are not accepted.
• Submissions must be received (not postmarked) between September 1 and November 1 (or the first weekday thereafter if November 1 falls on a weekend). They should be sent to The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize, c/o Persea Books, PO Box 1388, Columbia, MO 65201, and should include a check (in U.S. funds) in the amount of $25.00, made payable to the order of The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. Please do not send submissions to Persea’s New York City office.

The winner is chosen by an anonymous selection committee and announced on Persea’s web site in January. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned.

Seventeenth Annual Boston Review Short Story Contest

24 July 2009

Deadline: October 1, 2009
Judge: Chang-Rae Lee
First Prize: $1,500

Complete guidelines:
The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2010. Stories should not exceed 4,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Manuscripts should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number; names should not appear on the stories themselves. Note that simultaneous submissions are not eligible. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, or close personal friend of the judge. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order, must accompany each story entered. Entrants will receive a one-year print subscription to the Review beginning with the summer 2010 issue. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will be announced no later than May/June, 2010, on the Boston Review Web site. Send submissions to:

Short-Story Contest, Boston Review,
35 Medford St., Suite 302,
Somerville, MA 02143

Doug Fir Fiction Award

24 July 2009

Every Story Begins Somewhere

At The Bear Deluxe Magazine, the Pacific Northwest’s leading environmental arts publication, many short fiction stories and their authors find their first recognition through the Doug Fir Fiction Award. Now in its third year, this annual contest celebrates writing related to the natural world, sense of place or environmental issues.

Deadline: September 8, 2009 (postmark)

Prize: $1,000 and publication

Judge: Jon Raymond, The Half-Life, Livability, (Bloomsbury), and the movies Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy

Word limit: 5,000

$15 reading fee

Mail formatted submissions and entry fee (check or money order in U.S. dollars) to Orlo/The Bear Deluxe Magazine, P.O. Box 10342, Portland, Oregon 97296 USA

Publication reach: 44,000

Open to all writers in English

Complete submission guidelines:

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest

24 July 2009

Grand Prize
* $1,500
* Staged reading at the 24th annual Festival: March 24-28, 2010
* Full production at the 25th annual Festival: March 30-April 3, 2011
* VIP All Access Pass to attend both the 2010 and the 2011 Festival ($1,000 value)
* Publication in the University of New Orleans’ literary magazine Bayou

Top Ten Finalists
* Names and play titles are published on
* Complimentary panel pass to attend the 2010 Festival ($60 value)

Guidelines The University of New Orleans produces the winning entry. Plays should run no more than one hour in length and must not have been previously produced, published or performed, including in a formal staged reading. “Workshopped” readings are accepted provided that the audience was limited to participants of that workshop. Production criteria include scripts requiring minimal technical support for a 100-seat theater. Casts of characters must be small, and it is suggested that characters range in age from approximately 20 through 40 years old. Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes. The playwright’s name should not appear in the script. Send two title pages with the text: one affixed to the script with the play’s title only, another unattached with play title and name, address, phone number, and email of playwright.


Plays must be typed. Entries are judged anonymously. Please do not append professional resumes or biographies to your entry; the judges only consider manuscript quality.


Unlimited entries per person. Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans’ FTCA and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible. Plays that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work. Plays submitted to this contest in previous years that did not win are eligible. Plays that have won any other playwriting contest are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your play is accepted elsewhere.

Entry Fee: $25

Deadline: November 1, 2009 (postmark). Finalists will be published on by March 1, 2010.
To enter the One-Act Play Contest by mail

Send your script(s) with separate title pages and your check or money order to:

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
One-Act Play Contest
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

To enter the One-Act Play Contest online:

Complete Guidelines:

2009 FTF Travel Writing Scholarship Welcomes Teen Travel Tales

20 July 2009

Family Travel Forum (FTF), the award-winning resource for family vacation information on the web, announces its 3rd annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. This merit scholarship, in association with professionals from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), encourages teens to share their travel experiences in words and images.

Cash awards ($1,000, $500, $200) and a two-night family stay at any Homewood Suites Hotel will be given to the top three authors, and the work of 25 additional Honorable Mention nominees will be rewarded with fun — two passes to any Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum or aquarium and a “Rand McNally Road Atlas” to help them find the way there. All winning stories will be posted on the FTF’s travelBIGO site for those who dream of travel Before I Get Old.

“Family Travel Forum is proud to support the next generation of great writers by offering scholarships and a unique forum to communicate with peers,” says publisher John Manton. “After the 20% increase in applications last year, we are expecting even more submissions this year, and welcome students to share their vacation, staycation or voluntourism effort with the travelBIGO community.”

The scholarship contest is open to teens ages 13 to 18 who are enrolled in a junior high, high school or homeschool program in the United States, Canada or American school abroad. Young travelers are asked to submit a maximum 600-word essay with photo or video on any type of trip and any aspect of a trip they have taken in the last three years. For more information and rules, visit FTF Scholarships.

The 2009 FTF Teen Travel Scholarship will accept applications between May 1, 2009 and September 27, 2009; for more information about all FTF sponsored scholarships, visit FTF Scholarships. The winning students’ work will be published on after November 17, 2009.

About FTF

Family Travel Forum (FTF) has served all who “Have Kids, Still Travel” with print and online guides since 1996. has won many awards for its expert global coverage of family vacations ranging from multi-generational cruises to eco-adventures; the Top 10 Getaway survey of resort-based infant programs; a robust Flee Market™; forums on car seat and travel safety; gear reviews; pediatric travel health and a unique Custom Trip Planning service for consumers. For its publications including for the Before I Get Old crowd, and twice monthly e-newsletters packed with vacation deals, FTF has been honored with Travel Weekly’s 2008 Magellan Award.

Contact person:
Kyle McCarthy
Tel: 212/665-6124

The Red Telephone Novel Competition

20 July 2009

New publishing company Red Telephone Books has officially opened its 2009 novel competition.

The winning novel will be published by Red Telephone Books during 2010. The prize includes editing, design, marketing and distribution, with royalties being paid annually. Runner-up prizes are also offered.

Submissions are welcome from any genre – the competition closes on 31st December 2009.

If you are interested in entering the competition, please visit:


20 July 2009

DIRECTIONS: This essay project is open to all teens from the ages of 13 – 17

You may select a veteran who has served in WWII or any preceding period all the way through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The veteran might be a member of your family or a person you have known growing up, as long as you admire them for inspiring you or they exhibited the ability to be a role model. If you do not have someone to write a story about the AWON, (American WWII Orphans Network) organization is available to match you with a hero to write about. Make sure you explore how that person has shown the “power of one” and has made a difference in the lives of others. The essay collection will be published in a featured book in 2010 through AuthorHouse.

Deadline for finished essays is: October 15, 2009

For more information, visit